over·​coat | \ ˈō-vər-ˌkōt How to pronounce overcoat (audio) \

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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Here, David amped up a classic white tee, light wash jeans, and heather grey hoodie by pairing the wardrobe staples with a pair of black lace-up combat boots and a dapper navy overcoat with gold-tone hardware. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria and David Beckham Look Uber Stylish For a Double Date with son Brooklyn Beckham in New York," 25 Jan. 2019 Idk, but a slim-fit camel overcoat does all of that. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "20 Cool Outfits for Guys That Instantly Make Them a Million Times Hotter," 29 Apr. 2019 One option was a camel coat, leather skirt, and leopard-print booties; another was a boxy plaid overcoat, paired with an above-the-knee turtleneck dress. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Diane Keaton Proves She’s Still the Boss With One Kitschy Hat," 27 Dec. 2018 The internet is full of photos and tributes to Hill fashion: a flowing brown overcoat, tie-dyes, soccer shirts, a brief interlude with pink hair. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Jonah Hill Makes Directing Look Easy," 30 Oct. 2018 See: Belgian Dries Van Noten, who stitches ornamental embroidery onto his overcoats and button-up men’s shirts. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Who Needs Gender? Why Men and Women Are Dressing Identically," 21 Feb. 2019 Plaids were gladly observed in a range of scales and sizes, but worked best on elongated overcoats for a suave Massachusetts-meets-Milano effect. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "A Guide to the Most Wearable—and Unwearable—Men’s Trends for 2019," 24 Jan. 2019 Uniqlo’s waterproof overcoat exudes the kind of monkish minimalism that, mercifully, is not light on style. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "His, Hers, Ours: Chic Cold-Weather Basics Beloved by All," 3 Jan. 2019 After dressing up in sequins for a charity gala performance with Prince Harry earlier this week, Meghan dressed down for yesterday's meeting, layering her dark overcoat over a distressed denim. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Sports Ripped Jeans and Heels for a Casual-Chic Outing in Notting Hill," 19 Jan. 2019

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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 How to pronounce overcoat (audio) \

Kids Definition of overcoat

: a heavy coat worn over indoor clothing

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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