noun, often attributive
\ˈkōch \

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

d : trailer sense 1b

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 \ 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

Mike Budenholzer has overhauled Milwaukee’s offense in his first season as the Bucks coach in the same way that Steve Kerr modernized the Warriors and helped make Curry the MVP. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The NBA’s Big Greek Dunking Machine," 6 Dec. 2018 And then the Huskies coach spent the next 15 minutes heaping mounds of praise on the No. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "UW Huskies need their “A” game to snap 7-game losing streak at No. 1 Gonzaga," 5 Dec. 2018 The coach who trained me was government-subsidized. Matthew Sprout, Allure, "Margarita Levieva on Ageism in Hollywood and Playing Characters 10 Years Younger Than Herself," 16 Oct. 2018 All of that is offered on top of the the touring coaches normal luxuries, like best-in-class storage, power shades, and adjustable LED lighting. Megan Barber, Curbed, "This limited edition Airstream touring coach goes all in on luxury," 5 Oct. 2018 He’s delivered three national championships, making him one of the winningest coaches in college football. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "Urban Meyer and Ohio State care more about a game than victims of domestic violence," 31 Aug. 2018 Boone said, adding that the pitching coach Larry Rothschild and the Yankees trainers were monitoring Chapman carefully. New York Times, "Yankees, With No Lead to Protect Against the Indians, Get to Rest Aroldis Chapman," 13 July 2018 Those kinds of bonding experiences can also serve to establish the coach as a trustworthy figure. Eddie Pells, The Christian Science Monitor, "Bond between players and coach may have saved Thai boy's lives," 13 July 2018 Once a student’s name is in that database, coaches are free to contact that individual. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Gary Patterson rips into new NCAA rule. ‘That’s stupid.’," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But Schmetzer and the coaching staff worked feverishly to reassure an upset Nouhou, still only 21, he wasn’t being abandoned. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "How Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer held his record-setting team together through dark times," 30 Oct. 2018 The Iowa Wesleyan coaching staff of 1989, including Hal Mumme (back row, left) and Mike Leach (front row, right). Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Tiny Iowa College That Changed the NFL," 23 Oct. 2018 The Evan Spiegel on stage Tuesday night was a more thoughtful, poised, and undoubtedly coached CEO than the Spiegel of the past. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Snap Is No Facebook, and Spiegel Insists He Wants It That Way," 30 May 2018 Cromlix offers tennis coaching on their own Wimbledon-grade courts (of course), loch fishing, archery, garden games, and falconry. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Patrick Mouratoglou, who coaches Williams, had given her a few signals early in the second set. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "The Serena Williams Rule? A Push to Drop Penalties for On-Court Coaching," 1 Oct. 2018 Miller, who coached six years over two stints at South Eugene prior to West Linn, jumped back into the college classroom - albeit online - two years ago. Nick Daschel,, "For West Linn's Chris Miller, is college or NFL coaching in his near future?," 12 June 2018 Thomas will reunite with Michael Malone, who coached him with the Kings. Noel Harris, sacbee, "How Isaiah Thomas is reuniting with one of his former Kings coaches 1,200 miles away," 12 July 2018 Three of the players Cline coached through District 204 made the USA Illinois team: Grant Collins and Mark Jarabek, of Naperville, and Ryan McDonough, of Aurora. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Naperville athletes to share international stage at Special Olympics soccer competition," 12 July 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


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

: 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)

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


\ˈkōch \

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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