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

That means students don't necessarily need their warmest coat if the cold isn't due to arrive before a family weekend or trip home. Lisa A. Flam, Fox News, "Preparing your teen for college dorm life? Don't over-pack," 10 July 2018 The Mirror reports that Kate teamed her Alexander McQueen coat, with a Sean Barrett hat. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Makes a Surprise Appearance Wearing McQueen at the RAF 100th Anniversary Celebrations," 10 July 2018 At first glance, his coat appears to be black, but then that beautiful silver undercoat shines through. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Adopt a dog or cat from metro Phoenix shelters this week," 5 July 2018 Doctors swapped their traditional black coats for white ones, similar to those worn by scientists in laboratories. The Economist, "Making medical clothing that kills bugs," 28 June 2018 Only last year, for the very first time in Royal Ascot’s history, when the temperature soared into the 90s, were men allowed to remove their coats and hats. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "What It's Really Like to Attend Royal Ascot," 20 June 2018 In addition to providing an easy resting place for your coats, bags, and hats, hooks can make for one of the easiest DIY home makeovers (especially for smaller apartments). Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "5 Surprising New Ways to Design With Hooks," 19 June 2018 The sleeves always end just under beneath her coats, never exposing her arms. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Is Why Queen Elizabeth Always Wears Gloves," 19 June 2018 Through their clothes — whether Alice and her riding trousers on Godless or Midge and her Pepto-pink swing coat on Mrs. Maisel — these characters embrace their womanhood and innate power. Shannon L. Bowen, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Costume Designers on 'GLOW,' 'The Crown' and More Helped Leading Ladies Find Their Power," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Add shrimp to bowl and toss with seasonings until well coated. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Recipe, The Legend: Bombay Bread Bar’s Black Pepper Shrimp," 12 July 2018 Using a dipping tool or a fork, dip cookies into chocolate one at a time until completely coated. Abigail Wilt, ajc, "3 no-bake cookie recipes you'll love," 10 July 2018 Toss with the red pepper vinaigrette until completely coated. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Ciao Ristorante is Italian food with the ultimate Sicilian twist," 3 July 2018 In a large bowl, combine noodles and dressing, tossing until evenly coated. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to bring? These side dishes are always welcome at a summer picnic," 29 June 2018 On a large plate, toss the asparagus with 1 tablespoon olive oil until evenly coated. Claudia Catalano, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: For this tart, top a rectangle of flaky pastry with goat cheese and asparagus spears," 28 May 2018 Toss avocado dressing with remaining ingredients until thoroughly coated. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad," 16 May 2018 Stir in the cauliflower and potatoes until evenly coated, then cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Emily Horton, sacbee, "Legumes, vegetables enrich these simple, one-pot pasta dishes | The Sacramento Bee," 17 Apr. 2018 Dredge the short ribs until coated with seasoned flour. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Tender short ribs a signature dish," 30 Mar. 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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Phrases Related to coat

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sport coat

sports coat

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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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