coat·​rack ˈkōt-ˌrak How to pronounce coatrack (audio)
: a stand or rack fitted with pegs, hooks, or hangers and used for the temporary storage of garments

Examples of coatrack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pendant lamp was crafted from an old coatrack; the pillow is by Jonathan Adler. Anna Logan, Country Living, 21 June 2023 Hanging hooks take the place of a traditional coatrack, and a basket beneath the bench organizes small items. Katie Bandurski, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Aug. 2022 Humphrey’s book, has a coatrack made from a tree branch. oregonlive, 31 Jan. 2023 Perrone sat at his desk, vape pen in hand, a photo of Ron Carey on the wall behind him and a black Teamsters jacket hanging on a coatrack nearby. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, 9 Jan. 2023 Her wrap lands somewhere in the vicinity of the coatrack. Stacy Schiff, The New York Review of Books, 1 Dec. 2022 This is awful news for Tom, who resorts to desperate measures — from the provocative (a story about Nero’s relationship to the slave boy Sporus) to the merely petty (knocking over a coatrack). Scott Tobias, Vulture, 7 Nov. 2021 By the late 1990s, McConnell—a politician who normally displays the emotional range of a coatrack—was the most passionate opponent of any effort to rein in the wealthy through campaign finance reform. Win McCormack, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coatrack was in 1915

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Cite this Entry

“Coatrack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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