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

His coach there, Mark Bonis, plans to attend Friday. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings TE Irv Smith hopes to score TD in preseason debut on 21st birthday in native New Orleans," 4 Aug. 2019 Cora, not pitching coach Dana LeVangie, went to the mound, talked to Sale and then cursed at Esterbrook. Ronald Blum,, "LeMahieu’s 2 HRs lead Yanks 9-2, extend Red Sox slide to 6," 3 Aug. 2019 Here’s how the Associated Press described the exchange between Cora and Estabrook when the Yankees had a 2-1 lead: Cora, not pitching coach Dana LeVangie, went to the mound, talked to Sale and then cursed at Esterbrook. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Alex Cora, Chris Sale flipped out at umpire and got ejected in Yankees game," 3 Aug. 2019 Kingsbury has relied heavily on two other veteran coaches, defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and passing game coordinator Tom Clements. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Cardinals special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers could be ideal head coaching candidate," 3 Aug. 2019 Bob Bostad, entering his third season as the inside linebackers coach, doesn’t expect to see Chenal on his back too frequently. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Freshman linebacker Leo Chenal has parlayed early enrollment into a shot at playing time," 3 Aug. 2019 There are coaches, support staff, and streaming facilities. Nicole Carpenter, The Verge, "No women competed at the Fortnite World Cup, but top players want to change that," 2 Aug. 2019 Article 35A is the provision of the constitution that forbids tampering by coaches, general managers and governors. Michael Mccann,, "How Michael Jordan Could Become Connected to Zion Williamson's Lawsuit," 2 Aug. 2019 That fund is then dispersed to coaches, athletes or their families with a special need. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Zapien’s practice plans call for comfortable players with fresh legs," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The toughest call that Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich ever made: Leaving preaching for coaching. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky football needs to beef up its scheduling efforts because right now it's bad," 5 Aug. 2019 The former All-San Diego Section selection from San Pasqual High has been coaching youth soccer since 2000. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Soccer Club out to defend title," 3 Aug. 2019 So stay your course and coach your crew on how to identify and triage must-dos and maybe-laters. Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, "Work Advice: Getting things done right in a ‘get it done now’ culture," 2 Aug. 2019 In two texts dated January 2018, one to Ohio State's president, Meyer writes Smith was offered an assistant coaching job by Alabama. Ralph D. Russo,, "Urban Meyer texts show he tried to keep embattled assistant Zach Smith at Ohio State," 1 Aug. 2019 Kingsbury, in contrast, was fired from his first and only head-coaching job, at his alma mater Texas Tech. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Cardinals begin grand experiment: Can they win with rookie head coach, quarterback?," 27 July 2019 The list includes his first offensive coordinator job at Illinois (2005-08), his first head coaching job at New Mexico (2009-11) and most recently a three-year stint at Alabama, the last two as offensive coordinator. Shannon Ryan,, "Mike Locksley calls on his own grief to help Maryland players in the aftermath of a teammate’s death: ‘I had a unique perspective on what to do to heal’," 19 July 2019 Last month, Golden State assistant coach Jarron Collins interviewed for the Grizzlies’ head-coaching job. only for Memphis to hire Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins instead. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors assistant Willie Green accepts position with Suns," 25 June 2019 Gottlieb played college basketball at Brown University, before holding various college assistant coaching jobs. Leah Asmelash And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "Lindsay Gottlieb just became the first women's college head coach to join an NBA team," 12 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'coach.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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