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

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 When hot, add onion, stir to coat with oil, and season well with salt and pepper. David Tanis, The Seattle Times, "A humble feast begins with lentils," 7 Jan. 2019 To coat dough logs, combine sanding sugar with ½ teaspoon matcha. Adina Steiman, WSJ, "This Holiday Season’s Smartest Cookie," 5 Dec. 2018 Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan, and swirl to coat the pan with the oil. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Pack up a picnic of Spanish tapas to feed a crowd," 3 July 2018 Use only enough vinaigrette to coat all the ingredients. Susan Selasky, ajc, "5 recipes to cool things down on hot days," 3 July 2018 These can only work because engineers first use lidar to coat the world in beams of light, mapping it in fine detail. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Watch Out, Pro Racers: These Drones Just Learned to Fly Solo," 27 June 2018 Pour over the rice and other ingredients in the bowl, add the white pepper, if using, and toss to coat evenly. Emily Horton, charlotteobserver, "Four steps to making a great grain salad, every time," 19 June 2018 Then add just enough high smoke-point neutral oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Constantly evolving MilkWood helps shape Louisville's food scene," 19 June 2018

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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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