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

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

Chocolate Brownies with Raspberry Sauce Serves: 16 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Total time: 45 minutes Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a 9-by-9-inch pan with cooking spray. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Greek yogurt helps cut calories in these easy brownies with raspberry sauce," 11 Aug. 2019 To start, the artist paints the nail bed the dark yellow color of a lion's coat — and that's about where a normal person's ability to do this look at home ends. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "This Lion King Nail Art Is Literally Wild," 5 Aug. 2019 According to the initial assessment, the projectile appeared to be similar to the short range ballistic missiles fired earlier this week, the official said, referring to Wednesday's twin launches from North Korea's east coat. Barbara Starr, CNN, "North Korea fires projectile in second launch of the week," 1 Aug. 2019 Roll tablespoons of dough into balls, then completely coat in cocoa and transfer prepared baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Black and Red Crinkle Cookies," 1 Aug. 2019 The hall to the owner’s wing has an extra coat closet and further on, a large study with a deep closet. oregonlive.com, "2019 Street of Dreams: Designing one house for two generations," 30 July 2019 Even still, the color might take a bit of building up, so work with a few layers of thin coats to keep the polish from getting too gloppy. Glamour, "The Best Neon Nail Polishes for 2019," 26 July 2019 The Deal: No buyer's remorse here: OPI's top coat is on sale for under $7, so feel free to toss it in your cart along with your Instant Pot. refinery29.com, "The Pro's Guide To The Best Beauty Haul For Amazon Prime Day," 15 July 2019 Lionel Messi's family restaurant in his native Argentina is helping the homeless by providing free meals, drinks and coats to many struggling as the country faces a dangerous cold spell. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Lionel Messi's Restaurant in Argentina Offering Food to Homeless During Cold Spell," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Oh, there's no point sugar coating it, Robin van Persie WAS SOLD TO MANCHESTER UNITED and WON THEM THE LEAGUE. SI.com, "Ranking Every Arsenal Summer Transfer Window Since 2002," 11 Aug. 2019 Drain the pasta and add it, still slightly dripping, to the sauce, lifting and turning it with tongs to coat it evenly. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Summer sauce: This fish dish highlights the season’s tomato harvest," 24 July 2019 To the remaining mixture, add the chicken and stir to evenly coat it. (alana Kysar And Brooklyn Dombroski), San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hawaiian cookbook features author’s version of Huli Huli Chicken," 4 June 2019 Fold in the tortilla chips, a handful at a time, until the chips are evenly coated and the sauce absorbed, about 5 minutes. Los Angeles Times, "Vegan chilaquiles? They’re not just possible, they’re delicious," 29 July 2019 Add in the cooled hazelnuts and stir constantly until the nuts are fully coated and crystallized (the nuts will turn white). CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Erling Wu-Bower shares his signature recipes," 27 July 2019 Meanwhile, make the slaw: Toss together the cabbage, cilantro, half the lime juice, the honey, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl, until evenly coated. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "These fish tacos channel the best beach vacation vibes," 22 July 2019 Meanwhile, make the slaw: Toss together the cabbage, cilantro, half the lime juice, the honey, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl, until evenly coated. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "These fish tacos channel the best beach vacation vibes," 17 July 2019 Toss in a large bowl with an ample handful of your favorite barbecue spice rub until wings are evenly coated. Dallas News, "Fort Worth's Heim Barbecue shares recipes for the perfect cookout side dishes," 1 July 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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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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