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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Walker was last seen wearing a house dress and a yellow coat, police said. Dana Branham, Dallas News, "66-year-old woman reported missing from Arlington is found safe, police say," 11 Feb. 2020 The event, which has been running for 20 years, has taken on a new poignancy amid climate change THE AUDIENCE, wrapped up in thick coats and hats, sits huddled together in a small amphitheatre dug out of the snow. The Economist, "Chilling sounds At a music festival in Norway, the instruments are made from ice," 11 Feb. 2020 So, Potash grabbed Jones’s coat, nearly ripping a button off it. Gary Gately, Washington Post, "How one Maryland man became a fixture in the Rolling Stones firmament," 11 Feb. 2020 Burberry coat, $2,890, and top, $1,790, us.burberry.com, and Agmes earrings, $440, agmesnyc.com GREEN... WSJ, "The Chic Classics, Reimagined in New Textures and Materials," 10 Feb. 2020 Eilish sported her signature green and black hair, along with a Chanel coat, lace fingerless gloves and super-long black nails. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Billie Eilish continues whirlwind year performing at the Oscars, still can't believe Grammys wins," 9 Feb. 2020 Recent posts from residents include items such as a coffeemaker, board games, kids’ snow pants (never worn), boy’s suit coat, Geotrax-tracks and two Safety 1st car seats. cleveland, "Global ‘Buy Nothing Project’ catching on locally: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 8 Feb. 2020 While she's always gravitated towards simple, elegant silhouettes like strapless cocktail dresses, long coats, and fitted pants, often in jewel tones or rich cream shades, Selena has become more and more confident in her sartorial choices. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Says She “Freefell” Into Her Personal Style," 6 Feb. 2020 Warm fur coats, sharp teeth, claws that work like a handful of tools, the power to run much faster, or jump higher, or even fly. David Canfield, EW.com, "Dave Matthews teams with children's author Clete Barrett Smith for fantasy novel," 29 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At one time, there were four cisterns on the corners of the square, connected by wooden pipes made by drilling the center from a section of a large tree, then wrapping it with steel bands and coating it with tar. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Little Wiz Fire Museum curator shares history of firefighting in Medina," 12 Feb. 2020 Problems occur because as customers flush wipes, they are often covered in grease, oil, hair and waste, which coat them in a thick layer of grim and hinder them from breaking down, said Mike Saia, a communications manager at Charleston Water. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "'Toilets are not trash cans' campaign asks Utah to flush out funds for education," 11 Feb. 2020 The technician applies a bonding base to your nail, dips your fingertip into the acrylic mixture, then coats it with an activator. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to Gorgeous Nails," 10 Feb. 2020 Mix the marinade in the bag until combined and add the swordfish, coating it completely. Dallas News, "Skip the reservation — have a seafood date night at home," 3 Feb. 2020 Sprinkle the coconut evenly on the work surface and then roll the log in the coconut to coat it evenly all around and from end to end. Wolfgang Puck, chicagotribune.com, "Chocolate coconut cookies have intriguing spice notes," 11 Dec. 2019 Add the onion rings to the pan, stir to coat them in fat, and cover the skillet with a lid. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "Crispy Potato Hash With Spicy Sausage? Must Be Rent Week," 8 Nov. 2019 There is no sugar coating it, this is a tough one to learn. NBC News, "Do you have these 3 essential skills to help you in business, politics and life?," 5 Nov. 2019 The haze of ennui that had coated me all evening evaporated. David Canfield, EW.com, "The Relentless Moon: Get a first look at the otherworldly follow-up to The Calculating Stars," 5 Nov. 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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The first known use of coat was in the 14th century

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15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Coat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coat. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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coat

noun
How to pronounce coat (audio)

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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