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

In the meaning defined above

Other Words from coach


coachable \ ˈkō-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce coach (audio) \ adjective
coacher noun

Synonyms for coach

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of coach in a Sentence

Noun a track star who has been working with a new coach In those days, people usually traveled long distances in coaches. Verb 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Should Arizona State pursue Kalani Sitake as its next head coach? Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 23 Sep. 2022 Is Auburn going to fight for its coach or just let the season play out? Tom Green |, al, 23 Sep. 2022 Eighteen days later, the team was rescued, with all 12 boys and their coach surviving the incident. WIRED, 23 Sep. 2022 Firing your coach midseason usually results in a better record -- 23 times -- but the improvement is marginal. The Indianapolis Star, 22 Sep. 2022 His coach Cameron Duke has been instrumental in his growth. Chris Hays, Orlando Sentinel, 22 Sep. 2022 De Armas brought her accent coach to the in-person screen test with Netflix. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 22 Sep. 2022 Collins made a huge impression on her coach with the pair of tallies. Craig Clary, Baltimore Sun, 22 Sep. 2022 Incarnate Word began this season with the arduous task of defending its Southland Conference title absent its all-time winningest coach and career record holder for passing yards and touchdowns. Zach Mason, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Udoka likely will never again coach the Celtics, and many observers were seeking clarity why a common workplace relationship would prompt such a reaction from the employer. Gary Washburn,, 23 Sep. 2022 Ahead of a grand finale performance in Los Angeles, the singer and two other celebrity judges will coach the three finalists with one-on-one mentorship sessions. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 22 Sep. 2022 The Lams also coach the South Plantation Girls’ Varsity Indoor Volleyball club that won their first district title last year and are off to a fast start this season with a 12-2 record. Emmett Hall, Sun Sentinel, 22 Sep. 2022 The leader would also coach the team member on solving problems and approve or revise the self-evaluation, which gets fed into a continuous performance evaluation system. Gleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 7 Sep. 2022 Beyond educating, many CISOs actively coach the board about what information the board should receive, what questions the board should ask, and what the target metrics for cybersecurity should be. Anthony Vance, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022 Nearly nine months since his arrival, Napier will coach his first game at Florida. Orlando Sentinel, 29 Aug. 2022 Our white wine guide for beginners will coach you about what constitutes a dry white wine and what qualifies as a sweet wine type. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Aug. 2022 Using data, a manager can coach the employees one-on-one and help bring them up to speed more quickly. Dan Whelan, Forbes, 26 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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