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

In the meaning defined above

Other Words from coach


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

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This time, the Colts are bringing in coach Dan Campbell and the Detroit Lions on Aug. 17 and 18, practicing for two days in advance of a Aug. 20 preseason game. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 14 May 2022 During the 2019 season, Tyler Bartczak was so skilled as a freshman pitcher on the varsity that Shepard coach Frank DiFoggio willingly overlooked his struggles as a hitter. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Chicago Tribune, 14 May 2022 He was recruited by April and new running backs coach Al Johnson. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 May 2022 South Mountain coach Dwayne Evans said that Fair was at about 80% to start the race, dealing with a slight quad injury. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 14 May 2022 Golden Bears coach Casey Mediary held the lead runner at third, but Hammond’s runner on second was caught in a rundown and tagged out, halting the comeback. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 14 May 2022 And still, coach Matt Petry's team had seven players in the lineup who are committed to Power Five schools. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 14 May 2022 Most players spend 11 months a year traveling from country to country alone or with one coach. Simon Willis, Fortune, 14 May 2022 Winning was a dream come true for Dunkle, a performance athlete coach and an event planner. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The general gist has been this: The Lakers have been an exhausting team to play on, to coach and to cover because of one universal truth. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2022 All the while, the 73-year-old Popovich continued to coach and cajole, and one point leaping several inches off the floor to make a point. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Mar. 2022 Establish behavioral standards, and train managers not only how to coach and develop their teams but also how to lead. Sherry Martin, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Miller is leaving for an opportunity to coach professional football. oregonlive, 15 Feb. 2022 The four-time Olympian previously told PEOPLE that her decision to leave the Canadian team was due to coach Todd Hays allegedly mentally and verbally abusing her. Karen Mizoguchi,, 13 Feb. 2022 Everybody knows Walz can coach and draw up plays with the best of them. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 4 Jan. 2022 Fifteen years later, Saban is preparing to coach in his ninth national championship game with the Tide and looking to win his seventh. Mike Rodak |, al, 3 Jan. 2022 King became the second woman to coach full-time in the NFL and the first Black woman to do so. Essence, 24 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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\ 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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