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

Some of the boys’ bomber jackets and the girls’ dresses and coats were embedded with what looked like beer-bottle tops. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Top 10 Shows of London Fashion Week Fall 2019," 20 Feb. 2019 The Duchess of Sussex looked elegant in a white Calvin Klein dress and an Amanda Wakeley coat for the event. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears Calvin Klein for a Gala Performance with Prince Harry," 12 Feb. 2019 For the visit, the Duchess of Sussex arrived wearing bold color on bold color, with a dress from Babaton by Aritizia in a vivid shade of purple, and an equally bright red coat by Sentaler. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore Her Brightest and Boldest Look Yet for Her Birkenhead Visit With Prince Harry," 14 Jan. 2019 Our solution: Transform part of the room into a mudroom for corralling coats, shoes, and dog gear. Eddie Ross, House Beautiful, "Eddie Ross Offers His 4 Best Tips For Creating The Chicest Mudroom Ever," 9 Jan. 2019 Wearing a dress and coat by Club Monaco, Meghan was welcomed warmly on arrival. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Returned to the Hubb Community Kitchen," 21 Nov. 2018 Other influential stars who have moved the needle include Pharrell Williams, with his penchant for wearing Chanel cardigans, and actor Ezra Miller, who’s sported leopard-print coats. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Who Needs Gender? Why Men and Women Are Dressing Identically," 21 Feb. 2019 But the 20 or so fans were all wearing coats or sweatshirts. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "A bright, sunny day in Arizona as Mariners pitchers and catchers report for spring training," 12 Feb. 2019 Naomi Campbell wore a black trench-coat dress to Paris Fashion Week. Aubri Juhasz, The Cut, "The Best-est Party Looks of the Week," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Add green beans to cheese sauce, stirring until well coated. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "This Pimiento Cheese Green Bean Casserole Recipe Is Just What Your Southern Thanksgiving Needs," 21 Nov. 2018 Ice coated roads around metro Dallas during the week before Green Bay defeated Pittsburgh that year. Jeff Martin, The Seattle Times, "5 years after ‘snow jam,’ storm takes aim at Super Bowl city," 29 Jan. 2019 Heat on medium-low, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes or until custard slightly thickens and coats the back of a spoon well. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Old-Fashioned Eggnog Your Grandma Would Be Proud Of," 18 Dec. 2018 An undulating tail similar to the gecko's might help with the latter issue and strengthen forward propulsion, while coating the robot with a hydrophobic material similar to the gecko's skin structure could significantly reduce drag. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Geckos’ new superpower is running on water; now we know how they do it," 6 Dec. 2018 The chili is just slightly spicy and savory, and the perfect consistency, coating the crunchy Fritos in flavor and tender meat. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 'Texas Chili Queens' Behind the World's First and Only Drag Queen Food Truck," 1 Oct. 2018 Instead, apply a palmful of treatment from the middle of your hair down and distribute with a wide-tooth comb to make sure every strand is coated. Jillian Ruffo, Seventeen, "8 Insanely Easy Tips For The Softest Hair Of Your Life," 28 Nov. 2018 Like the natural, taupe look, VR Fire Opal covered lids, cheekbones were swept with Astral Luna Gold, and lips were coated with Love Supreme. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Pat McGrath Made Holographic No-Makeup Makeup Happen at the Anna Sui Spring 2019 Show," 11 Sep. 2018 The slice is then coated with raw sugar and a mix of plum and elderflower vinegar so it can be quickly heated to create a glass-like coating. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Sorrel off to a stellar start in Pacific Heights," 6 July 2018

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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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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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