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 coat (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 As a highly creative procedure, hyperrealism always requires a top-up around the 8 to 12 week mark to cement and prolong the finished look; the first treatment acts as more of a base coat. Jessica Harris, refinery29.com, "Forget Microblading — Hyperrealism Brows Are Taking Over & They’re So Natural," 6 Jan. 2021 These stick out through the other hairs, and are the most visible part of the coat. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Guide to Tanning Wild Game Pelts and Hides," 24 Dec. 2020 Much of Zhur has remained intact after tens of thousands of years, from the fur of her coat to the delicate papillae on her tongue. Science, "57,000 year-old wolf puppy found frozen in Yukon permafrost," 21 Dec. 2020 Just in time for holiday gifting, Olay has teamed up with Orolay — makers of the Internet-famous Amazon coat — for a fun and practical pairing. Eartha Terrell, Allure, "All the Best Beauty Essentials to Stock Up on This Cyber Monday," 30 Nov. 2020 According to Ashland police, Keegan and Ellison, who did not know each other, were arguing when Keegan took a gun out of his coat and fired a single shot at Ellison’s chest. oregonlive, "Talent man pleads not guilty in killing of Black teenager in Ashland hotel parking lot," 29 Nov. 2020 Take the ever enduring allure of a camel coat, for example. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, "13 Winter Staples That Everyone Should Have in Their Closets," 28 Oct. 2020 The silhouette of the coat is, obviously, a bit different, with Middleton's being more tapered at the waist. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kate Middleton Totally Twinned With Princess Diana in This Red Coat," 20 Oct. 2020 Orolay also carries a slew of different coat and jacket styles, lots of which are also discounted for Amazon Prime Day, like this hooded parka that's marked down to just $81 after applying the coupon. Lauren Matthews, Good Housekeeping, "Reading the Amazon Reviews on This Crazy-Popular Winter Coat Will Make You Want One ASAP," 13 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The movement of the water helps coat the yolk with the white. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Ring in the new year with restaurant-worthy brunch recipes that re-create the weekend meal’s leisurely magic," 30 Dec. 2020 Can't be bothered to coat your lashes with mascara? Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "Power Pick: This $9 Lipstick Makes Me Feel Powerful," 16 Nov. 2020 This pigment could be used to coat the inside of telescopes to get a better view of the night sky or improve light absorption on solar panels. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Scientific Discoveries From 2020 that May Lead to New Inventions," 28 Dec. 2020 In particular, some of the lipids, or fats, used to coat the two vaccines are different. Arkansas Online, "2nd covid-19 vaccine gets public review ahead of U.S. decision," 18 Dec. 2020 In particular, some of the lipids, or fats, used to coat the two vaccines are different. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Moderna's coronavirus vaccine expected to get FDA approval Friday; shipments could start this weekend," 18 Dec. 2020 In particular, some of the lipids, or fats, used to coat the two vaccines are different. Matthew Perrone, Anchorage Daily News, "FDA advisers recommend 2nd coronavirus vaccine, with agency approval expected soon," 17 Dec. 2020 The famous Vantablack has been used to coat a luxury vehicle and watches, but an even blacker black was made last year by MIT. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Bluer blues and blacker blacks? How science is enhancing colors," 12 Nov. 2020 Return to heat and simmer till just thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lobster season debuts amid changing seafood industry," 28 Oct. 2020

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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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25 Feb 2021

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“Coat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coat. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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