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


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

Other Words from coat


coated \ ˈkō-​təd How to pronounce coat (audio) \ adjective
coatless adjective


coater noun

Synonyms for coat

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Stick this mini fire pit on a flat surface, coat it with a thin layer of rubbing alcohol and then soak up the warmth. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 16 May 2022 The film is an adaptation of Julianna Baggott and Steve Almond’s novel about a journalist and a photographer who, instead of a one-night stand, spend 24 hours sharing their romantic histories in the coat room at a friend’s wedding. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 12 May 2022 To keep Pop dry, give him this watertight rain coat for Father's Day. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 12 May 2022 Add the chicken or mushroom pieces to the bowl with the mustard mixture and, using one hand or tongs, coat the pieces evenly with the mustard. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 She was photographed on May 9 wearing a flowy olive green midi dress under a long beige coat with backless heels and carrying not one, but two bags. Alex Warner,, 11 May 2022 Every coat brings on length and volume without any clumping or dryness. Celia Shatzman, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2022 However, the Asiatic cheetah is paler in color and has a thicker coat, Parchizadeh said. Megan Marples, CNN, 11 May 2022 Allow each coat to dry fully before going the other direction. Kristin Tablang, House Beautiful, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Using 1 cup of the barbecue seasoning, generously coat the entire shoulder. Jennifer Mcclellan, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 The brush is designed to separate and coat each lash (including those fine ones) for a multidimensional effect. Celia Shatzman, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2022 This serum-like foundation will coat your skin in a sheer and glowy finish, while protecting it from harmful UV rays. Madison Yauger,, 5 May 2022 In the desert, natural soil crusts form when a combination of moisture and minerals build up a hard layer on the surface, or when tiny organisms coat the surface of the earth, preventing erosion. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 Add the chops and, using your hands, evenly coat them with the herb mixture. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2022 Drizzle with a few tablespoons of olive oil to lightly coat the arugula, juice of one lemon, salt and pepper to taste. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 8 Feb. 2022 First, your bartender will coat the rim of a glass in sugar, and begin by pouring in triple sec and 151-proof rum in big cascading arcs, twisting while pulling the bottle away from the glass until the stream of liquid is 3-4 feet long. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 13 Jan. 2022 The RHTTs can also coat sections of the rail in a gooey gel loaded with sand and tiny particles of steel and iron, to increase the friction between the rail and wheel. Laurie Winkless, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of coat


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coat


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

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20 May 2022

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“Coat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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\ 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


coated; coating

Kids Definition of coat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover with a coat or covering


\ 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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