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

Jaguar’s engineering of the F-Pace SVR is all claws, fangs and growl in a velvet coat. San Diego Union-Tribune, "550-hp Jaguar F-Pace SVR: all claws, fangs and growl in a velvet coat," 15 Sep. 2019 Ramona is perched on a rooftop, smoking a cigarette and luxuriating in an ostentatious coat. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Jennifer Lopez Is Utterly Mesmerizing in Hustlers," 11 Sep. 2019 Elsewhere, two lab workers in blue coats were focused on testing the paternity of horses. New York Times, "His Cat’s Death Left Him Heartbroken. So He Cloned It.," 4 Sep. 2019 Last but not least, Rosalía stepped out the other day in Miami dressed in a white faux fur coat that her mother handmade for her pop star daughter. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Steve Lacy Takes One of Summer’s Most Peculiar Trends Into the Bathtub," 22 Aug. 2019 The very last Bug, a coupe outfitted in a gleaming coat of denim blue, was laid to rest on an open display for visitors, according to family members at the factory. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "The Beetle, 81, is no more," 11 July 2019 When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies, that's something. Houston Mitchell, latimes.com, "Morning Briefing: Great moments in Fourth of July sports history," 4 July 2019 The 93-year-old Queen, in a cornflower blue coat and hat, was joined in the leading carriage by her middle son, the Duke of York. Ben Church, CNN, "Royal Ascot 2019: Queen Elizabeth II leads royal procession, Prince Harry, Meghan absent," 18 June 2019 Accommodations include a wide pull-down center armrest with can-cup holders, bottle storage in the doors, reading lights and grab handles with coat hooks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "550-hp Jaguar F-Pace SVR: all claws, fangs and growl in a velvet coat," 15 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ravens coaches have not sugar-coated their words about third-year linebackers Bowser and Tim Williams this preseason, saying both needed to step up their games or risk falling off the 53-man roster. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Five Things We Learned from the Ravens’ 26-15 preseason win over the Philadelphia Eagles," 23 Aug. 2019 The three-piece horn section, bright and honey-coated. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Lizzo's 'Juice' Is the Most Patriotic Song of 2019," 3 July 2019 Nothing is diluted or sugar-coated, which is what drew several of Euphoria's actors to the project in the first place. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "HBO’s Euphoria Is Unlike Any Teen Show You’ve Ever Seen," 14 June 2019 Spoon sauce over the chicken and let warm in skillet for about 30 seconds, turning chicken in the sauce to make sure both sides are coated. Linda Gassenheimer, Twin Cities, "Sesame Seared Chicken is flavorful and quick to make," 3 June 2019 Add the prunes and with clean hands or a flat spatula, roll and flatten the prunes until they are coated with the chopped pumpkin seeds. Susan Clotfelter, The Know, "Bored with raisins? Try these 5 “fancy” trail mix recipes," 27 Aug. 2019 These squares of organic cotton that have been coated in beeswax, tree resin and jojoba oil; simply wrap a square around your sandwich and then clean it off in cool water (warm water would melt the beeswax). Kristen Hartke, Washington Post, "The best eco-friendly containers to save you from Sad Desk Lunch syndrome," 20 Aug. 2019 The negatives were turned into prints using paper that was coated with ammonium and fermented egg white, or albumen, and sensitized with silver nitrate. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "The Actress Who Left the Stage to Become a Civil War Spy," 12 Aug. 2019 The investigators know they were cut with something hot, because the surfaces of the cracks were coated with a colored deposit, an oxide that could only have resulted from exposure to high heat. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "How 'Microcracks' Undermined San Francisco's New Bus Terminal," 10 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'coat.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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