over·​coat | \ ˈō-vər-ˌkōt \

Definition of overcoat

1 : a warm coat worn over indoor clothing
2 : a protective coating (as of paint)

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Synonyms for overcoat


greatcoat, surcoat, topcoat

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Examples of overcoat in a Sentence

put your overcoat on—it's freezing out there!

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In the collection, that translated to clear plastic rain boots, overcoats, and bags. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Spring 2018 Chanel Hair Accessory Can Be Bought At Home Depot," 3 Oct. 2017 After previously donning a patterned overcoat, the star — who recently made her debut on social media after a temporary hiatus — was spotted wearing a wardrobe staple: the cardigan. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Wore a Cozy Cream-Colored Cardigan," 24 Dec. 2018 The Queen's granddaughter wore a vibrant red Andrew Gn dress, while Jack opted for a blue overcoat. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Beatrice Stuns in Navy Outfit for Christmas Church Service," 25 Dec. 2018 Modern Sphinxes Both wear overcoats on their shoulders while standing in front of the Great Sphinx of Tanis, but Beyoncé’s MCM x Misa Hylton look is full leather. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Here’s Who Designed Each Look From Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s ‘Apesh*t’ Video," 18 June 2018 President Trump was the only one of the four to wear an overcoat. David Nakamura, The Seattle Times, "Trump uses eight-vehicle motorcade to travel 250 yards to greet George W. Bush," 4 Dec. 2018 Harry was dressed casually in a black overcoat with a bright blue sweater over a white shirt. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Harry and fiancée bring the 'Meet Meghan Markle' royal tour to Wales," 18 Jan. 2018 Wearing one of Miu Miu’s racing stripe overcoats, Thurman sashayed down the catwalk, looking into the crowd and even smiling at guests. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Uma Thurman Closes Miu Miu’s Star-Studded Resort 2019 Show," 30 June 2018 Jonah Hill Solved Transitional Spring Style Alo Ceballos/GC Images Long overcoat, meet short shorts. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Jonah Hill Solved Transitional Spring Style," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of overcoat

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of overcoat was in 1802

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English Language Learners Definition of overcoat

: a long coat that is worn to keep a person warm during cold weather


over·​coat | \ ˈō-vər-ˌkōt \

Kids Definition of overcoat

: a heavy coat worn over indoor clothing

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