noun, often attributive
\ ˈkōch How to pronounce coach (audio) \

Definition of coach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a large usually closed four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage having doors in the sides and an elevated seat in front for the driver On special occasions the queen rides in a gold coach.
b : a railroad passenger car intended primarily for day travel Smoking is not permitted in the train's coaches.
c : bus sense 1a toured the city by coach
e : a 2-door enclosed automobile
f : a class of passenger air transportation at a lower fare than first class We reserved two seats in coach.

2 [ from the concept that the tutor conveys the student through examinations ]

a : a private tutor hired a coach to help her daughter prepare for the test
b : one who instructs or trains an acting coach a birth coach especially : one who instructs players in the fundamentals of a sport and directs team strategy a football coach a pitching coach a gymnastics coach


coached; coaching; coaches

Definition of coach (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to go in a coach
2 : to instruct, direct, or prompt as a coach When an injury ended his playing career, he decided to coach.

transitive verb

1 : to train intensively (as by instruction and demonstration) coach pupils The lawyer coached the witness.
2 : to act as coach of coach tennis coach a team

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coach 1a

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Other Words from coach


coachable \ ˈkō-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce coachable (audio) \ adjective
coacher noun

Synonyms for coach

Synonyms: Noun


Synonyms: Verb

counsel, guide, lead, mentor, pilot, shepherd, show, tutor

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Examples of coach in a Sentence


a track star who has been working with a new coach In those days, people usually traveled long distances in coaches.


He coaches the tennis star. He has coached the team for several years. She coached the U.S. gymnastics team at the Olympics. He has coached at the college level for many years. The lawyer admitted to coaching the witness. It was clear that the witness had been coached by her lawyer on how to answer the questions.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tim Gillooly was the only remaining coach from the year before. Richard Obert, azcentral, "All-Arizona baseball team, POY finalists, Coach of the Year," 8 June 2019 Nurse had been a head coach in Europe and the G-League, but never in the NBA. Terry Pluto,, "No longer haunted by 23: Former Cavaliers GM Wayne Embry enjoying NBA Finals with Toronto Raptors – Terry Pluto," 8 June 2019 Her father, John Hauser, is coach of the Jefferson team. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Southeastern Wisconsin youth trapshooters keep busting targets and breaking records," 8 June 2019 Jones is the coach and general manager of the Houston squad. Khadrice Rollins,, "Johnny Manziel Interested in Playing for Houston XFL Team, Coach June Jones," 8 June 2019 Melvin was a longtime tennis coach in the Rondo neighborhood. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "The art of community: Melvin and Rose Smith celebrate Rondo in Weisman exhibit," 7 June 2019 Criss Beyers, who led Warren Central to a 76-6 record and undefeated Class 4A state title in 2018, is the Indiana All-Stars’ coach. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana All-Stars dominate Kentucky boys with 33-point win," 7 June 2019 So a week ago, Roberts, the National League manager by virtue of the Dodgers winning last year’s pennant, phoned Bochy and invited him to be an All-Star coach. John Shea,, "Giants manager Bruce Bochy gets All-Star invitation, but instead will take break," 7 June 2019 Miller has been Arizona's head coach since leaving Xavier University in 2009. Dave Clark,, "Book Richardson sentenced to prison in college basketball federal bribery case," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Watson, who coached the Titans from 1993-2008, wasn't allowed to supervise the offseason workouts. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Howard Eisley's main strength as a coach: His ability to connect," 7 June 2019 Attles, who coached the Warriors to the NBA championship in 1975, has worked in the organization in various capacities for nearly 60 years, ever since the club made him its fifth-round draft choice (from North Carolina AT&T) in 1960. Ron Kroichick,, "Former Warriors head coach Al Attles attends Game 4 of NBA Finals at Oracle," 7 June 2019 The field in Ford Heights was dedicated in 2017 in honor of the late Excell Walker, who coached youth baseball and football in the community before his death in 1986. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Baseball field creates sense of community pride in Ford Heights," 7 June 2019 Icelandic coach Sigurdur Ragnar Eyjolfsson left shortly after that, replaced by former national team defender Jia Xiuquan, who had never coached a women’s team before taking over the Steel Roses a year ago. Kevin Baxter,, "World Cup Group B preview: Spain aims to showcase its growth in the sport," 6 June 2019 In addition to being a physical education instructor, Mrs. Troy was in charge of expanding its athletic programs and coaching its basketball team. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Eleanor Z. Troy, parochial school educator, dies," 5 June 2019 Yet, Dennis Quaid still manages to convey the difficult realities of balancing a teaching career, coaching a high school team, raising a family and chasing his dream later in life. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Ranking the top 7 Texas sports movies of all time — and their best scenes," 28 June 2018 Prior to reconnecting with Koma, Duff dated celebrity trainer Jason Walsh, who has coached the likes of Brie Larson, Emma Stone, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, and Alison Brie, before rekindling her romance with Koma in 2017. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hilary Duff Is Officially Engaged to Matthew Koma," 9 May 2019 Seagraves coached the Kennedy varsity and junior varsity boys soccer teams last school year, as well as from March through May in 2016 and January through March in 2017, according to Sacramento City Unified officials. Diana Lambert And Darrell Smith, sacbee, "Former high school coach pleads no contest to human trafficking, gets 13-year sentence," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of coach


1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1630, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for coach

Noun and Verb

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

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English Language Learners Definition of coach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of coach (Entry 2 of 2)

: to teach and train (an athlete or performer)
: to teach, train, and direct (a sports team)
chiefly British : to teach (a student) privately rather than in a class


\ ˈkōch How to pronounce coach (audio) \

Kids Definition of coach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a large carriage that has four wheels and a raised seat outside in front for the driver and is drawn by horses
2 : a person who instructs or trains a performer or team
3 : a person who teaches students individually
4 : a railroad passenger car without berths
5 : the least expensive seats on an airplane or a train


coached; coaching

Kids Definition of coach (Entry 2 of 2)

: to teach and train

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