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 coach (audio) \ adjective
coacher noun

Synonyms for coach

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of coach in a Sentence

Noun a track star who has been working with a new coach In those days, people usually traveled long distances in coaches. Verb 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 Jaycee only played seven games of the 2020 season before opting out after head coach Will Muschamp was fired. Tribune Content Agency Staff,, "NFL draft profile: Jaycee Horn of South Carolina," 8 Apr. 2021 The club parted ways with former coach Diego Alonso and sporting director Paul McDonough after a disappointing inaugural season, replacing them with Phil Neville and Chris Henderson, respectively. Khobi Price,, "More big changes: Former FC Barcelona executive Xavier Asensi named Inter Miami’s chief business officer," 8 Apr. 2021 Thayer Munford did not seem eager to make the proclamation himself, but Ohio State football offensive line coach Greg Studrawa beat him to it. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "What’s up with Ohio State football’s Thayer Munford, Nicholas Petit-Frere and Dawand Jones? Buckeye Bits," 8 Apr. 2021 Tolbert and Bentley had a pre-existing relationship through QB Country’s David Morris, Bentley’s long-time private quarterback coach. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Jalen Tolbert embracing role as South Alabama’s go-to guy in 2021," 8 Apr. 2021 Chandler coach Rick Garretson praised the job Athletic Director Jim Culver did to make this game possible. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Five-time defending state champion Chandler to host two-time defending Colorado champion Cherry Creek," 8 Apr. 2021 Brady had won six Super Bowls in his 20 seasons in New England and, alongside coach Bill Belichick, helped the team become the most consistent winning franchise in the NFL. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Buccaneers QB Tom Brady reflects on departure from Patriots, 'not smart' Lombardi Trophy toss," 8 Apr. 2021 Reseda coach Alonso Arreola will rely on a couple key seniors. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Top high school football games this week as LAUSD teams open play," 8 Apr. 2021 Beecher, under 17th-year head coach Mike Williams, will shoot for its ninth championship in school history beginning 3 p.m. Saturday against either Iron Mountain (18-0) or Schoolcraft (19-1). Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school boys basketball: Flint Beecher advances to Division 3 state finals," 8 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Taylor left Branson in 1979 to coach soccer at University High, an elite San Francisco prep school. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, "EXCLUSIVE: One woman's lawsuit is unearthing decades of alleged sexual abuse at two elite Bay Area high schools," 9 Apr. 2021 Featherstone went on to coach at San Diego State on Don Coryell’s staff as well as at Grossmont College and San Diego Mesa. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, "John Featherstone, Aztecs bowl star, Hall of Fame JC coach, dies," 24 Mar. 2021 Allen has won five state championships of its own — all in the last 13 seasons — and could give Dodge a chance to coach at the largest school in Texas, and in a $59.6 million stadium. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "A list of possible candidates who could make sense as Allen’s next head football coach," 23 Mar. 2021 The Football Association today confirmed that Norwegian Hege Riise will coach the Great Britain Olympic soccer team at the Tokyo Olympics. Asif Burhan, Forbes, "Hege Riise Aiming For Third Olympic Soccer Gold As Coach Of Great Britain," 10 Mar. 2021 Williams, the nation’s No. 9 safety, has a close relationship to Oregon director of player personnel Don Johnson Jr., who used to coach Williams at Jefferson High School. oregonlive, "Analysis: Will Oregon Ducks make a big recruiting splash this month?," 7 Mar. 2021 Hand spent two seasons with Malzahn at Auburn from 2016-17 before moving on to coach at Texas and Charlotte. Matt Murschel,, "UCF‘s Herb Hand feeds off potential for Knights," 5 Mar. 2021 With last year’s stoppage, Boyeas never got to coach a game at the school. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Lorain hires former Beachwood coach Damion Creel to lead football program," 23 Feb. 2021 The former Midfield and Samford star receiver wanted to coach at McAdory. Dennis Victory, al, "Aryvia Holmes named new McAdory head football coach," 12 Jan. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Coach.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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