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

Catch the busy mom and the rest of the coaches on The Voice on Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Returned to 'The Voice' Just 5 Days After Her Emergency Surgery," 7 May 2019 Loughlin is accused of of paying over half a million dollars in bribes to get her two daughters into the University of Southern California (USC) with the help of a crooked college admissions coach. Zach Schermele, Teen Vogue, "Fallout from 'Operation Varsity Blues' Continues," 19 Apr. 2019 Held every year on the third Tuesday in September, Prinsjesdag is full of pomp and ceremony, including a royal procession by the monarch in a golden coach. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Brought Her Hat Game at This Morning's State Opening of Parliament," 18 Sep. 2018 Launch customer Qatar Airways will configure the A350-1000 to add an extra ten business class seats and 34 in coach over the 900 version, for a total of 327 passengers. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 New Planes That Will Change the Way You Travel," 4 Sep. 2018 The dinner was his final interview to be the team’s head coach. ... Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Inside the Rams’ Historic Decision to Hire a 30-Year-Old Head Coach," 28 Jan. 2019 There wasn’t a single female coach, manager, or player to be seen. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Why competitive gaming is starting to look a lot like professional sports," 27 July 2018 The two formed a relationship years ago, when Mack was basketball coach at Xavier and Stewart a promising young prospect. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Isaiah Stewart on Chris Mack: 'He’s going to win, no matter what'," 13 July 2018 In her previous roles, Yurk was a technology integrator/coach in Muskego and an elementary school teacher in New Berlin. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rachel Yurk named Pewaukee schools' new chief information & technology officer," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Seagraves coached the Kennedy varsity and junior varsity boys soccer teams last school year, as well as from March through May in 2016 and January through March in 2017, according to Sacramento City Unified officials. Diana Lambert And Darrell Smith, sacbee, "Former high school coach pleads no contest to human trafficking, gets 13-year sentence," 27 June 2018 The Elvie’s cohorts include smart pumps, like the Willow, which offers coaching feedback — for a cool $499.99. Ciara Phelan, Allure, "What Is Femtech, and Is It the New Pink Tax?," 22 Apr. 2019 Josh Jackson's shot-selection struggles Jackson played in just three of the Suns’ five games but those three games had to be a bit concerning for Phoenix’s coaching staff. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns' summer-league takeaways: Deandre Ayton's progress, efforts of Davon Reed, Shaq Harrison," 13 July 2018 This was no accident, rather the result of a concerted effort by a coaching staff to maximize the scoring potential of dead-ball situations. Grant Wahl,, "The World Cup of Set Pieces: How Teams Are Living Off Dead-Ball Plays," 10 July 2018 He was held back by a colleague, but that official then became entangled with someone who appeared to be a member of the R.A.W. Athletics coaching staff. Cam Smith, USA TODAY, "Players, officials tangle in massive brawl during boys basketball tournament," 9 July 2018 The Huntington Beach coaching staff saw the makings of another Kufta that would excel at the varsity level, as Kelli Kufta became just one of two freshmen to make the varsity roster in 2015. Andrew Turner,, "Daily Pilot Softball Dream Team: Unexpected year from Kelli Kufta kept Huntington Beach strong," 8 July 2018 While Rivals debates whether Sean Dollars or Austin Jones is the top ball-carrier in the West region, Mario Cristobal and his coaching staff have a simple solution - sign both. Andrew Nemec,, "Austin Jones, nation's No. 4 RB, cuts list to 5; Oregon Ducks in mix," 12 June 2018 The New England Patriots, coached by the 66-year-old veteran Bill Belichick, devised a stifling defensive game plan that limited the Rams to three points. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Truth About Failing Spectacularly," 16 Feb. 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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