coat·​rack | \ ˈkōt-ˌrak How to pronounce coatrack (audio) \

Definition of coatrack

: 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 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. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Mitch McConnell Is No Genius," 10 June 2020 Under a console, in a basket or on hooks or a coatrack. oregonlive, "A wild, welcoming entry: Remodeling tips for the holidays," 21 Nov. 2019 Hartlage also created a coatrack for the mudroom; its hooks are made of shoes from a horse at Churchill Downs. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "Homearama house in Dove Point Estates inspired by the Mediterranean coast," 11 July 2019 Bathroom situation: Grab the key from the coatrack and head out of the restaurant, down the hall to a door conveniently located near a NovaCare rehab facility. Samantha Melamed,, "Little Pete's is dead. Long live Little Pete's | Bar Code," 16 May 2018 So grab some epoxy, drain six Tide bottles, and build yourself a handsome coatrack. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Reviews," 1 Dec. 2005

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First Known Use of coatrack

1915, in the meaning defined above

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“Coatrack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of coatrack

: a stand or pole that has pegs, hooks, or hangers that can be used for hanging coats and other clothes

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