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 For the 2019 Allure Best of Beauty Awards, our editors tested hundreds of polishes, base coats, topcoats and more to bring you the absolute best of the best in nail care. Allure, "The 16 Best Nail Polishes and Nail-Care Products of the Year," 16 Sep. 2019 To many, August and September are a time to wind down after a busy summer, maybe buy a puffy fall coat, or get ready for a new school term. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "How Hatch Chile Season Became the Pumpkin Spice of the Southwest," 13 Sep. 2019 New York is crisp and cozy, filled with tweed coats, glowing wood, candlelight and fine art. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Goldfinch’ review: Floundering adaptation should be a slam dunk, but its central mystery is something to be endured, rather than solved," 12 Sep. 2019 All while wearing heavy coats, helmets and masks, and oxygen tanks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Inside the Fire Academy, Part II: Who will survive the Grinder?," 5 Sep. 2019 The chicken couldn’t be more perfectly fried—a crisp and thin breading coats the outside, while thick, meaty pieces of chicken remain juicy. al, "Visit the best restaurants in Atlanta’s food neighborhoods," 19 Aug. 2019 The 9-year-old ended up selecting black and white sneakers, a coat, a pink hat and pink bunny mittens. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Back 2 School Store event helps low-income families in Detroit," 18 Aug. 2019 That perpetual coat of sweat over our bodies evaporates. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "“Christian girl autumn,” explained.," 14 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, pound chicken breasts to even thickness, season with 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper, then coat in flour. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pan-Fried Chicken With Lemony Roasted Broccoli," 9 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Finally, Duff completes her look by coating her lashes with the Sisley Paris Mascara So Intense Fortifying Volumizing Mascara ($67; nordstrom.com). Susan Brickell, Health.com, "The Exact Products Hilary Duff Uses Every Day for Longer Lashes and Fuller Brows," 17 Sep. 2019 This cake, inspired by the great baker Maida Heatter’s recipe, gets hits of lemon three times: zest and juice in the cake, a clear soaking syrup that seeps into the cake, and finally, a creamy, thick glaze that coats the top. Los Angeles Times, "The only 4 cakes you’ll ever need for entertaining," 12 Sep. 2019 Much of its surface is encrusted with minerals that precipitated out of the seawater over eons, coating the lava at the excruciatingly slow rate of 1 centimeter or less every 1 million years. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Mountains hidden in the deep sea are biological hot spots. Will mining ruin them?," 12 Sep. 2019 As minutes became hours, waves choked with shards of volcanic glass and splintered rock rippled back and forth, coating the peaks in a layer of impact rock called suevite, the scientists said. Fox News, "Scientists uncover new evidence of the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs," 10 Sep. 2019 To make this structured liquid, Helms and his collaborators first coated the microscope slide in a pattern of a water-repelling plastic, which determines the shape of the canal. Wired, "Unusual Fluids Flip, Twirl, and Redefine How Liquids Work," 9 Sep. 2019 Working quickly, tilt the cups, coating bottoms and bottom half of the sides. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Flan," 4 Sep. 2019 Sunlight likely doesn’t reach below the thick ice sheets coating the moons. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "NASA eyes the ocean: How the deep sea could unlock outer space," 23 Aug. 2019 The shutdown affects the company’s coating operations, in which solvents are used to apply chemical coatings to metal products. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "PCA hits White Bear Lake Township company with shut-down order," 23 Aug. 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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25 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Coat.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coated?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=coat0002. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for coat

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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