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noun \ˈkōch\

Simple Definition of coach

  • : a person who teaches and trains an athlete or performer

  • : a person who teaches and trains the members of a sports team and makes decisions about how the team plays during games

  • : a private teacher who gives someone lessons in a particular subject

Full Definition of coach

  1. 1 a :  a large usually closed four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage having doors in the sides and an elevated seat in front for the driver b :  a railroad passenger car intended primarily for day travel c :  bus 1a d :  trailer 3b e :  a 2-door enclosed automobile f :  a class of passenger air transportation at a lower fare than first class

  2. 2 [from the concept that the tutor conveys the student through examinations] a :  a private tutor b :  one who instructs or trains <an acting coach>; especially :  one who instructs players in the fundamentals of a sport and directs team strategy <a football coach>

Examples of coach

  1. a track star who has been working with a new coach

  2. In those days, people usually traveled long distances in coaches.

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Origin of coach

Middle English coche, from Middle French, from German Kutsche, from Hungarian kocsi (szekér), literally, wagon from Kocs, Hungary

First Known Use: 1556

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Rhymes with coach




Simple Definition of coach

  • : to teach and train (an athlete or performer)

  • : to teach, train, and direct (a sports team)

  • : to teach (a student) privately rather than in a class

Full Definition of coach

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to go in a coach

  3. 2 :  to instruct, direct, or prompt as a coach

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to train intensively (as by instruction and demonstration) <coach pupils>

  6. 2 :  to act as coach of <coach tennis> <coach a team>

coach·able play \ˈkō-chə-bəl\ adjective
coach·er noun

Examples of coach

  1. He coaches the tennis star.

  2. He has coached the team for several years.

  3. She coached the U.S. gymnastics team at the Olympics.

  4. He has coached at the college level for many years.

  5. The lawyer admitted to coaching the witness.

  6. It was clear that the witness had been coached by her lawyer on how to answer the questions.


First Known Use of coach


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