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

The first was for an assistant coach calling a recruit twice in a week outside of a contact period. Michael Casagrande |,, "Alabama reported 16 minor NCAA violations last year," 5 July 2019 Dennison later combined for 17 seasons as a Broncos assistant coach. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "5 biggest snubs from Broncos’ all-time Top-100 team," 5 July 2019 Whitley heard from 14 candidates before assistant coach Nick Ruscetta suggested Brown. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Maranatha Christian lands veteran football coach," 3 July 2019 Jerome Allen, now an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics, got four years' probation and was ordered to pay a $202,000 fine and forfeit another $18,000. NBC News, "Former University of Pennsylvania athlete and coach sentenced for taking bribes," 3 July 2019 Layman will reunite with former teammate Noah Vonleh and former Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool in Minnesota., "Trail Blazers’ restricted free agent Jake Layman headed to Minnesota Timberwolves in sign-and-trade: Report," 3 July 2019 When the offense occurred, Hoffrogge was an assistant wrestling coach at South Dearborn Middle School in Aurora. Sarah Brookbank,, "Middle school wrestling coach charged with possession of child porn," 2 July 2019 Court records show a federal judge imposed the sentence Monday on Jerome Allen, the former head basketball coach at Penn. Washington Post, "Celtics assistant gets probation in college bribery case," 2 July 2019 Late last season, he was suspended a game for charging a scented candle to assistant coach Mike Brown’s hotel bill without Brown’s permission. Connor Letourneau,, "Jordan Bell to sign one-year deal with Minnesota," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Former Bulls coach Tim Floyd sat with general manager Gar Forman. K.c. Johnson,, "As the Bulls fall in summer league, trade interest in Kris Dunn shows a pulse," 7 July 2019 Warriors coach Steve Kerr considered echoed the common thought publicly that Cousins would become nothing more than a one-year rental. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "NBA free agency: DeMarcus Cousins agrees to deal with Lakers," 6 July 2019 Obviously from Miami, and then being in Chicago with Scott Skiles, in Milwaukee having the opportunity to get coached under George Karl. Ira Winderman,, "Malik Allen not Juwan Howard 2.0, just back grinding for Heat," 5 July 2019 Heinrichs and Ellis coached at Maryland for three seasons before moving to the University of Virginia in 1996. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Jill Ellis: The shy girl from England who became US Soccer's record-breaking head coach," 5 July 2019 UConn beat Butler — coached by now-Celtics coach Brad Stevens — in that championship game. Tim Reynolds,, "AP Source: Kemba Walker tells Hornets he’s joining Celtics," 30 June 2019 Clippers coach Doc Rivers has been seeking small forwards. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Twins’ Derek Falvey, Thad Levine are keepers," 29 June 2019 You will be well coached, not only in football, but in life. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "‘They can leave just as fast as they can come’: The best comments this week on," 28 June 2019 Her coach, Mike Candrea, coached the USA National Team 2002-08 and the U.S. Olympics team during that timeframe. Ramona Sentinel, "Ramona High grad competes in Women’s College World Series," 25 June 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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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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