[Ads-l] attila, n.

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Mar 22 17:26:58 UTC 2023

I like the reference to "officers in undress", which can be taken a couple
of ways. And if you find him fetching in his lightly braided attila you can
let him know:  "Hey, Hun!"

On Wed, Mar 22, 2023 at 12:53 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> Not in OED. We've all seen these in movies.
> 1853 _United Service Magazine_ (June) 185: [Prussian] officers in undress
> wear a lightly braided "attila" (or tunic).
> 1918 _Infantry Journal_ (Sept.) 196: Attila. Jacket of [German] hussars.
> Discontinued.
> 1974 Company of Military Historians _Military Uniforms in America: The
> Civil War Period_ (Presidio Press) 139: ATTILA. A single-breasted,
> hip-length braided coat.
> 2000 Stephen Bull_World War One German Army_ (London: Brassey's) 11: The
> basic short jacket of the other ranks of the [Imperial German] hussars was
> the "Attila," decorated with five rows of white or yellow frogging to the
> front and a line of lace extending down the back on either side.
> JL
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