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

Queen Elizabeth also went for a spring-y palette to celebrate her big day, though her coat and hat skewed more than teal than Kate Middleton's powder blue. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Kate Middleton Had a Sweet Moment With the Queen at Easter Service," 21 Apr. 2019 And even though most of us are putting away our coats and looking to Spring styles, everyone was enchanted by the presentation given by Gabriele Colangelo, GIADA’s creative director of the most recent Fall/Winter 2019 collection. Katie Knoll, Vogue, "GIADA Lands in Boston," 17 Apr. 2019 Dallas and Disney have gladly allowed these future business leaders to pet them, brush their coats... Sam Walker, WSJ, "How Dallas the Leadership Horse Glues Teams Back Together," 6 Apr. 2019 Kate Middleton left behind her prim coats for jeans and combat boots for a visit to Gilwell Park in London today. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a J.Crew Sweater and Combat Boots for an Outdoor Event," 28 Mar. 2019 In one smooth shot, the preview shows one of the teenagers go from putting his coat on in his room, to being arrested by police, to being held in the station. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "When They See Us, Ava DuVernay's Netflix Show About the Central Park Five, Is Coming Soon," 27 Mar. 2019 The Jacket He very quickly shed his coat, revealing another jacket, the latter of which sported some pink and orange details. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Adam Levine Wore 4 Outfits at the Super Bowl and Fans Mercilessly Mocked Them All," 4 Feb. 2019 The superintendent grabbed his coat and a radio and headed out the door, jogging to the front of his nearby elementary school. John Woodrow Cox, The Seattle Times, "Numerous school lockdowns are traumatizing the nation’s children," 26 Dec. 2018 Getting in on the action was The Elder Statesman’s Greg Chait, who made a colorful ursine backpack, and Vivetta Ponti, who paid homage to Franco Moschino’s cuddly teddy bear coat (featured on the October 1998 cover of Vogue) with her own version. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "It’s Time to Take a Recess From Serious Fashion—13 Camp Creations on the Fall Runways," 8 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Dip 1 side of white-chocolate-coated ball into melted semisweet chocolate and let set. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Snowy Cookie Truffles," 30 Nov. 2018 Lead paint continues to be used to coat water towers and factory floors, Roberts said. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "It's been 40 years since lead paint was banned, so why are we still being poisoned? | The Kansas City Star," 23 Mar. 2018 The only things that hadn’t been imported were the shelves, which had been coated in thick layers of gloss paint to keep the termites at bay. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Island that Disappeared," 20 Mar. 2018 Channel your most extra self in this sequin covered, glitter coated, rhinestone studded pumps that pack a major punch of style. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Gorgeous Prom Shoes That Will Dazzle on the Dance Floor," 26 Feb. 2019 Roy hated how ice coated the ferns in the winter, soaking his gloves with freezing water. NBC News, "This Florida county voted for Trump. But it's a lot like the sanctuary cities he loathes.," 23 Apr. 2018 The releases at the Department of Energy cleanup site spewed unknown amounts of plutonium dust into the environment, coated private automobiles with the toxic heavy metal and dispensed lifetime internal radioactive doses to 42 workers. Ted Sickinger, OregonLive.com, "Police looking for shooter after one injured in Keizer," 22 Apr. 2018 Turn the heat back to medium-low and cook just until the mixture begins to thicken slightly and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "Spring brings the sweet promise of simple desserts — with berries, of course," 10 Apr. 2018 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

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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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