coat

noun, often attributive
\ ˈkōt \

Definition of coat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an outer garment worn on the upper body and varying in length and style according to fashion and use
b : something resembling a coat
2 : the external growth on an animal
3 : a layer of one substance covering another a coat of paint

coat

verb
coated; coating; coats

Definition of coat (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover with a coat
2 : to cover or spread with a finishing, protecting, or enclosing layer

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Other Words from coat

Noun

coated \ ˈkō-​təd \ adjective
coatless adjective

Verb

coater noun

Synonyms for coat

Synonyms: Noun

fleece, fur, hair, jacket, pelage, pile, wool

Synonyms: Verb

blanket, carpet, cover, overlay, overlie, overspread, sheet

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Examples of coat in a Sentence

Noun

She put on her coat, hat, and gloves, and then she went outside. He was wearing a coat and tie. The dog has a thick coat. The house needed three coats to cover the original paint.

Verb

Rock dust coated his hair. My shoes are coated with mud. Coat the chicken with flour.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Heat a skillet over a medium heat, coat it with a tablespoon of oil, and add your frittata mixture. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "I'm Declaring 2019 the Year of the Frittata—Here's How I Got Here and How You Can Too," 7 Feb. 2019 The self-priming formula couldn't be easier to use: paint two coats on top of existing paint, drywall or masonry, and let dry. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Textured Wall Finishes," 7 Feb. 2019 Spray a 9-by-9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray (or grease with butter), and coat with flour. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Sawyer’s Julio Avila re-imagines his grandmother’s beloved tres leches cake recipe — with an extra burst of ‘milk’," 29 Jan. 2019 Think red vinyl Topshop pants versus a warm wool Balenciaga coat. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Fashion Director Kerry Pieri Try on Her Entire Winter Wardrobe," 29 Jan. 2019 Put on that black lace coat and flared pant and everything stretches longer and more elegantly. Jordan Roth, Vogue, "Jordan Roth: A Man’s View on the Haute Couture," 28 Jan. 2019 His mother Gloria sported a black dress, burgundy velvet short sleeve coat with green and multicolor marabou trim on the shoulder pads, and a giant pair of sparkling aviator sunglasses. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper Brought His Mom as His Date to the SAG Awards," 28 Jan. 2019 Local nonprofits also help asylum seekers with needs, from winter coats to language classes. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Maine’s Largest City Strains Under Asylum-Seeker Influx," 27 Jan. 2019 Currently, this Orolay coat ranked as the #1 bestseller on Amazon's site. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Why Everyone You Know Is Buying This $130 Amazon Coat," 18 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Instead, apply a palmful of treatment from the middle of your hair down and distribute with a wide-tooth comb to make sure every strand is coated. Jillian Ruffo, Seventeen, "8 Insanely Easy Tips For The Softest Hair Of Your Life," 28 Nov. 2018 Like the natural, taupe look, VR Fire Opal covered lids, cheekbones were swept with Astral Luna Gold, and lips were coated with Love Supreme. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Pat McGrath Made Holographic No-Makeup Makeup Happen at the Anna Sui Spring 2019 Show," 11 Sep. 2018 The slice is then coated with raw sugar and a mix of plum and elderflower vinegar so it can be quickly heated to create a glass-like coating. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Sorrel off to a stellar start in Pacific Heights," 6 July 2018 Daley told the outlet that her tires were coated in a layer of asphalt three inches thick, and that some had also detached and knocked off her mud guard. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "A Road in Australia 'Melted' and Destroyed Drivers' Tires," 5 July 2018 The Donut Fries are made with a croissant-style dough then will be coated in cinnamon sugar, CNBC reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Dunkin’ introduces Donut Fries," 28 June 2018 The loin and the rings are coated in a batter with a smooth funnel cake-like taste and texture, minus the powdered sugar. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Batter up: Here are 18 KC-area places to get perfect, golden-fried onion rings," 21 June 2018 Here, the plump puffs of ravioli are filled with a delectable mélange of beef, ricotta and pecorino Romano, then are coated in bread crumbs, fried and served steaming hot with a tangy marinara. Kate Silver, chicagotribune.com, "You're going where? St. Louis," 19 June 2018 Add ½ cup canned chickpeas (rinsed) and gently shake to coat. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Marinated Chickpea Greek Salad," 23 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of coat

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coat

Noun

Middle English cote, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German kozza coarse wool mantle

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coat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of coat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an outer piece of clothing that can be long or short and that is worn to keep warm or dry
chiefly US : a piece of clothing that is worn over a shirt as part of a suit
: the outer covering of fur, hair, or wool on an animal

coat

verb

English Language Learners Definition of coat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (something or someone) with a thin layer of something

coat

noun
\ ˈkōt \

Kids Definition of coat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an outer garment worn especially for warmth
2 : the outer covering (as fur or feathers) of an animal
3 : a layer of material covering a surface a coat of paint

Other Words from coat

coated \ -​əd \ adjective

coat

verb
coated; coating

Kids Definition of coat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover with a coat or covering

coat

noun
\ ˈkōt \

Medical Definition of coat

1 : the external growth on an animal
2 : a layer of one substance covering or lining another especially : one covering or lining an organ the coat of the eyeball

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