coat

noun, often attributive
\ ˈkōt How to pronounce coat (audio) \

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 How to pronounce coated (audio) \ 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

Thankfully Talbot was there to save the day, offering his friend his grandmother’s houndstooth jacket off his back, which Fails ended up wearing as a blanket after attempting to squeeze his arms into the small coat. Washington Post, "The newcomers behind ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’," 13 June 2019 For each blintz, add a 3-tablespoon pour of the batter to the skillet, then quickly swirl the pan so the batter coats the bottom evenly, creating a thin, crepelike pancake. Bonnie S. Benwick, Twin Cities, "For a dose of comfort, make these classic cheese blintzes," 13 June 2019 Click here for the story on first-rounder CJ Abrams, here for our Day 1 tracker and here for the story on the red coats the front office personnel was wearing on Day 1. Jeff Sanders, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres Day 2 draft tracker," 4 June 2019 Cannons fired in a ceremonial welcome salute, and dignitaries stood and watched as the Grenadier Guards, wearing the traditional red coats and bearskin hats, marched in formation before playing the U.S. national anthem. Eli Stokols, latimes.com, "Trump is all insults and gripes as European trip begins — until he meets the queen," 3 June 2019 One such Camp-worthy garment is the fur heart coat designed by Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent, worn on the sidewalks of New York by Rihanna with a baseball hat and jorts back in 2016. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "9 Celebrity Looks Made it Into The Met’s Camp Exhibition, from Björk to Cardi B," 26 Apr. 2019 The green coat on top is similar to the color of the now-popular matcha with its thicker strip of flavor compared to that of the dark chocolate. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "We Got an Exclusive First Taste of the New Kit-Kat Duos Mint + Dark Chocolate," 25 Apr. 2019 Even in 1978 Sting was an object of contempt among fans of punk music, who saw him as an interloper, an old-style muso with his roots in jazz, riding punk’s coat-tails into the charts. D.b., The Economist, "With “My Songs” Sting underlines the lasting quality of his music," 4 June 2019 Working in 3 batches, coat chicken in flour, then egg (letting excess drip off), and then grits (pressing gently to help adhere). Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Spiced Grit-Fried Chicken Cutlets," 28 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At Swine and Spuds, located in the Warner Coliseum, east side Duck Drummies: Duck wings coated in a batter and seasoning blend, deep-fried and served with Giggles’ own tequila-lime dipping sauce. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Minnesota State Fair’s new foods include grits, lamb chops, duck wings and lots on a stick," 18 June 2019 Those blocks now sit on the beach, coated in graffiti. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Point Woronzof shrinking an average of 2 feet each year, UAA researchers and students find," 12 June 2019 Both bars are thin slabs of toffee coated in chocolate. Lucas Kwan Peterson, latimes.com, "The official candy bar power rankings," 11 June 2019 Her red-tinted hair was brushed to gleaming, and her long nails were coated in bright polish. Jenna Krajeski, The New Yorker, "A Victim of Terrorism Faces Deportation for Helping Terrorists," 11 June 2019 Some pollen have spikes, and many are coated in lipids that act like glue. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "Forensic pollen scientists are helping the US track opioids," 6 June 2019 Now, there’s an in-between option: Porsche Surface Coated Brakes, which use iron rotors coated in a 0.1-mm layer of tungsten carbide. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards," 16 Apr. 2019 Now) Before applying Michele's makeup, Baraf prepped her skin and boosted circulation with the ReFa Carat, a $220 face roller that's coated in platinum. Marci Robin, Allure, "Lea Michele’s Wedding Makeup Included a $9 Drugstore Mascara, and Her Lashes Looked Gorgeous," 16 Mar. 2019 Over a period of eight months, McDonald had the walls coated in 17 layers of green paint, in part because Johnson was never quite satisfied with the color. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Tour the Maximalist Dream Home of Two California Beauty Gurus," 6 Feb. 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 How to pronounce coat (audio) \

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 How to pronounce coat (audio) \

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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