noun, often attributive
\ˈkōch \

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

d : trailer sense 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.

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

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Other Words from coach


coachable \ ˈkō-​chə-​bəl \ 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

Maybe O’Connor, Orlando’s third coach in four seasons, can change the direction of this floundering franchise. Mike Bianchi, Pro Soccer USA, "James O’Connor is finally forcing Orlando City’s players to look in the mirror," 14 July 2018 In May, center back Neill Collins became the new head coach, replacing Stuart Campbell, who was sacked after a slow start to the season. Charlie Hatch,, "Scouting report: FC Cincinnati hosts Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday night at Nippert Stadium," 13 July 2018 After games, Kavanaugh sometimes goes with fellow coaches to the Chevy Chase Lounge. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "The elite world of Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 Brianna Soukup / Portland Press Herald via Getty Images All of the members of the Thai soccer team, and their coach, have been rescued. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Investing in vapor wares like Juul could be lucrative. But some Silicon Valley VCs draw the line at vice.," 10 July 2018 Team owners Wes Edens and Marc Lasry were also on hand along with coach Mike Budenholzer, general manager Jon Horst and other members of the coaching and front-office staffs. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sterling Brown scores 27 points but Bucks fall to Nuggets," 9 July 2018 Emil’s in Grayslake has become a place for high school coaches, parents and children in sports to stop by to chat and eat after games either indoors or out. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Emil's Tavern on Center in Grayslake," 9 July 2018 What a day yesterday with head coaches Dan Quinn and Erik Spoelstra at the @AtlantaFalcons training camp! Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Heat's Erik Spoelstra shares details of visit to NFL camp, talks Jones Jr., Adebayo," 5 July 2018 Contrast those resumes with the other two coaches in the top half of the bracket — Didier Deschamps, a World Cup champion as a player and now the longest-serving manager in French history, and Oscar Tabarez, who has taken Uruguay to four World Cups. Kevin Baxter,, "World Cup quarterfinals a class conflict between soccer's rulers and its climbers," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Thomas will reunite with Michael Malone, who coached him with the Kings. Noel Harris, sacbee, "How Isaiah Thomas is reuniting with one of his former Kings coaches 1,200 miles away," 12 July 2018 Three of the players Cline coached through District 204 made the USA Illinois team: Grant Collins and Mark Jarabek, of Naperville, and Ryan McDonough, of Aurora. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Naperville athletes to share international stage at Special Olympics soccer competition," 12 July 2018 Judge Kavanaugh, a 1983 graduate, was known as a quiet leader on campus, according to people who taught and coached him in school. Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, "Kavanaugh and Gorsuch Both Went to the Same Elite Prep School," 10 July 2018 Nadal’s family also supported his rise: his uncle Toni, who’s featured prominently in Strokes of Genius, coached him for years. Sean Gregory, Time, "This Year's Wimbledon Could Give Tennis Fans Another Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Classic," 29 June 2018 Chiefly, Dan Hughes, the most experienced coach in WNBA history, came out of a one-year retirement stint to coach the Storm. Alexa Philippou, The Seattle Times, "How the Seattle Storm flipped its fortunes and rose to the top of WNBA standings," 9 July 2018 Brown, 31, played linebacker for Ball State between 2004 and 2008 and went on to play in the Canadian Football League before moving to China to coach. NBC News, "Chinese court hands U.S. football coach Wendell Brown 4-year prison sentence," 28 June 2018 When Andrew showed an interest in baseball, Mr. Ryan jumped at the chance to coach. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "A Father-Son Baseball Bond Stretches to Adulthood," 16 June 2018 Russell — who won multiple championships with the Celtics and later became the first African-American to coach a major professional sports team — was given the medal by President Barack Obama in 2011., "NBA Legend Bill Russell Tweets Photo of Him Kneeling After Trump Cancels Eagles' White House Visit," 6 June 2018

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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


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

: 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)

: to teach (a student) privately rather than in a class


\ˈkōch \

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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