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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coachable \ ˈkō-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce coachable (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 Clyde made his way to the stands to join his team and his coach. Carol Motsinger, USA TODAY, "When schools integrated 50 years ago, these black students had to pick up and move," 16 Feb. 2020 As a part of our officiating program, there is a protocol in place for our coaches to provide feedback directly to the coordinator of officials. oregonlive, "Pac-12 reprimands Oregon State coach Scott Rueck over Arizona postgame comments relating to officiating," 15 Feb. 2020 Before anyone lingering nearby can make out what Weaver is saying, the Quakers erupt into a raucous celebration, drowning out their coach. Corey Elliot, Indianapolis Star, "IHSAA basketball: Plainfield spoils Greenwood party as Mid-State title still up for grabs," 15 Feb. 2020 Her father, Steven Shackelford, had been his high school defensive coach. Michael Powell, New York Times, "He Was Fearless on a Football Field. But He Sensed Something Wasn’t Right.," 13 Feb. 2020 Starting today and lasting through Monday, February 17, for you procrastinators, travelers can get two coach tickets for the price of one. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Amtrak's 2-for-1 Sale Has Tickets From $15," 13 Feb. 2020 The Fighting Illini cracked into the top 25 this season for the first time since their head coach, Brad Underwood, took over the program in 2017. Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Michigan State at Illinois college basketball odds, picks and best bets," 11 Feb. 2020 Team Watson sent out Duhamel, fellow actors Carly Chaikin and Andy Buckley, comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, surfer Kelly Slater and former Laker and current WNBA L.A. Sparks coach Derek Fisher. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Chris Pratt, Josh Duhamel Compete in Star Golf Tournament Ahead of PGA Tour's Genesis Invitational," 11 Feb. 2020 Satoshi Harada was a trainer who used to work in monkey shows before becoming director and head animal coach of a monkey act company called Sen-zu No Sarumawashi, which stages shows at street festivals, schools, and parties. National Geographic, "Circus-like performances by snow monkeys in Japan contradict their long-revered status," 8 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At the time Beilein was hired, the Cavs chose J.B. Bickerstaff as the lead assistant, hoping his head-coaching experience and deep NBA knowledge would help Beilein transition. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers, John Beilein have discussed possibility of him stepping down as head coach," 17 Feb. 2020 Lorenzen threw his first bullpen session in front of the coaching staff last weekend. Bobby Nightengale,, "103 mph? Cincinnati Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen says he is just scratching his potential," 17 Feb. 2020 Brasfield’s online bio doesn’t list any special teams coaching experience. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "SMU’s Ra’Shaad Samples reflects on taking over as running backs coach," 10 Feb. 2020 Mike Krzyzewski coached the team for the past three Olympics. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "USA Basketball made some laughable snubs on its preliminary Tokyo Olympics roster," 10 Feb. 2020 Albano, who was 38, coached the soccer team of his two daughters, Lorraina and Nicole, who were 17 and 16, respectively, at the time of his death. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Biden’s brother Frank dodged paying $1M to daughters orphaned in crash," 6 Feb. 2020 Belichick, who has coached the Patriots for two decades, has won six Super Bowls with the Foxborough, Mass., team. Fox News, "Donovan McNabb on Andy Reid's second trip to the Super Bowl: 'This is his year'," 2 Feb. 2020 The Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Thursday that his team was focusing on getting ready for game ahead of what is likely to be an emotional evening on Friday. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "The Staples Center is ready to honor Kobe Bryant at tonight's game," 31 Jan. 2020 Mayfield, though, regressed in his second year under Kitchens, whom Dorsey favored over other candidates a year ago despite his lack of head coaching experience. Tom Withers, The Denver Post, "GM John Dorsey, Browns part ways after disappointing 6-10 season," 31 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of coach was in 1556

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20 Feb 2020

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“Coach.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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