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

Never one to shy away from color, the Queen chose a vibrant coat and hat featuring two contrasting shades of blue. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Kicks Off Today's Royal Air Force Centenary Celebrations at Westminster Abbey," 10 July 2018 Rialmo’s lawyer, Joel Brodsky, told the judge the men were drunk and that one grabbed at Rialmo’s coat and the other grabbed at his upper body. Dan Hinkel, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago cop in controversial fatal shooting goes on trial on misdemeanor charges for bar fight," 9 July 2018 Spectators, held to a strict coat-and-tie dress code and no-phones policy by attendants in bowler hats, pack the sides of the roughly 2,000-meter course daily. Ben Pope, Philly.com, "Temple can't escape an American dynasty at England's Henley Royal Regatta," 6 July 2018 Thick fabrics reminiscent of post-World War II styles were used evocatively in a midnight blue cape coat and a three-piece ensemble with a fringed spiral-sleeve bolero. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior celebrates the atelier, draws celebs to Paris couture," 2 July 2018 Legere, appearing in a black T-Mobile-logoed sports coat and a magenta T-Mobile tee shirt, was unflappable. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—T-Mobile CEO John Legere Emerges From Capitol Hill Grilling Unscathed," 29 June 2018 The runway is reserved for bright colors, and pinstripes, and camel coats and white sneakers. Sam Schube, GQ, "Ami Makes the Case for Between-Season Shopping," 15 June 2018 The formula lathers nicely into an even coat and is nourishing for your dad's coarse facial hair. Amanda Arevalo, Allure, "Dermstore Is Having a Huge Sale on Grooming Products and Gifts for Father's Day," 11 June 2018 Certain breeds are considered heavy shedders, including dogs with arctic breed-type fur (like huskies), retriever coats and shepherd-y pelts, but any kind of dog will shed. Dr. Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Shedding is a normal for dogs; most times no need to be concerned," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to the New York Times, sick animals and cadavers can spread prions through plants and soil, which could be coated with deformed proteins for years, perhaps even decades. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Scientists worry brain-wasting ‘zombie deer’ disease could spread to humans," 25 May 2018 Some years everything under birch trees is coated with it. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "If you have plants outside, you have aphids. Here’s what to do about it.," 5 July 2018 The rim of the glass is coated in a house spice mix of the Old Bay variety, a nice finishing touch. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Oskar's fills a food void in Louisville we didn't know we had | Review," 4 July 2018 All of the sandwiches are coated with panko breadcrumbs and fried for 2.5 minutes. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Would You Pay $185 For a Sandwich With 5 Ounces of Beef?," 26 June 2018 Glitter Bangs Forget pixie-like sprinklings of sparkles—Maison Margiela's light-catching hair is coated, molded, and reminiscent of otherworldly glitter glue. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "6 Beauty Tricks to Steal from the Mens Runways, From Glitter Bangs to Straight Edge Bobs," 25 June 2018 Similarly, the fingertips of the prosthesis are coated with something called an e-dermis, which is made up of layers of pressure sensors. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Pain Is Weird. Making Bionic Arms Feel Pain Is Even Weirder," 22 June 2018 Naturally, since Kardashian wouldn't approve of any location that isn't selfie friendly, the entire store is coated the same soft pink as her packaging. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Teases Inside of KKW Beauty L.A. Pop-Up Shop," 19 June 2018 The tie de resistance, however, is coated in 100 diamonds and retails for about $70,000. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "In Our Sweatshirted Times, These Brands Are Going All In on Extreme Luxury," 18 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

: 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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