\ ˈkōk How to pronounce coke (audio) \

Definition of coke

 (Entry 1 of 5)

: the residue of coal left after destructive distillation and used as fuel also : a similar residue left by other materials (such as petroleum) distilled to dryness


coked; coking

Definition of coke (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

: to change into coke

intransitive verb

: to become coke or like coke

Definition of coke (Entry 3 of 5)

\ ˈkōk How to pronounce Coke (audio) \

Definition of Coke (Entry 4 of 5)

used for a cola drink


biographical name
\ ˈku̇k How to pronounce Coke (audio) , ˈkōk \

Definition of Coke (Entry 5 of 5)

Sir Edward 1552–1634 Lord Coke English jurist

First Known Use of coke

Noun (1)

1669, in the meaning defined above


1763, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (2)

circa 1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coke

Noun (1)

perhaps from dialect coke, colk core, from Middle English; akin to Swedish kälk pith

Noun (2)

by shortening & alteration

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“Coke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coke. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of Coke

used for a cola drink


\ ˈkōk How to pronounce coke (audio) \

Kids Definition of coke

: gray lumps of fuel made by heating soft coal in a closed chamber until some of its gases have passed off

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