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coach

noun, often attributive \ ˈkōch \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of coach

1 a :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 1a
  • toured the city by coach
d :trailer 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.
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[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

Examples of coach in a Sentence

  1. a track star who has been working with a new coach

  2. In those days, people usually traveled long distances in coaches.

Recent Examples of coach from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of coach

Middle English coche, from Medieval French, from German Kutsche, from Hungarian kocsi (szekér), literally, wagon from Kocs, Hungary

coach Synonyms

Other Railroad Terms


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coach

verb

Definition of coach

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

coachable

play \ˈkō-chə-bəl\ adjective

coacher

noun

Examples of coach in a Sentence

  1. He coaches the tennis star.

  2. He has coached the team for several years.

  3. She coached the U.S. gymnastics team at the Olympics.

  4. He has coached at the college level for many years.

  5. The lawyer admitted to coaching the witness.

  6. It was clear that the witness had been coached by her lawyer on how to answer the questions.

Recent Examples of coach from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of coach

see 1coach


COACH Defined for English Language Learners

coach

noun

Definition of coach for English Language Learners

  • : 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


coach

verb

Definition of coach for English Language Learners

  • : 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


COACH Defined for Kids

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coach

noun \ ˈkōch \

Definition of coach for Students

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

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coach

verb

Definition of coach for Students

coached; coaching
:to teach and train


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