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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Examples of overcoat in a Sentence

put your overcoat on—it's freezing out there!
Recent Examples on the Web While jetting in between fashion shows, Jung has been snapped by street style photographers in effortlessly-cool looks like a long plaid dress with a leather overcoat, or a chunky turtleneck with baggy jeans and sneakers. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 5 Jan. 2022 Last year, the actress again added a splash of color to her cold-weather attire, pairing a long black overcoat with a vibrant tie-dye skirt from Ulla Johnson. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Jan. 2022 The pair dip the tortillas in the stew’s layer of beef fat before tossing them on the griddle, which gives them a vibrant color somewhere between a camel overcoat and an orange traffic cone: the mark of the genuine article. New York Times, 17 Dec. 2021 William Burroughs just sat at the bar during our sound check in a long overcoat and took notes. Izzy Grinspan, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Oct. 2021 While classic outerwear styles like a leather moto jacket or sleek overcoat will never go out of style, investing in a more statement-making coat this season will work overtime for your outfit. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 14 Oct. 2021 Tatum wore a cream hoodie with straight-leg chinos and slip-on sneakers; Kravitz wore a cream turtleneck paired with a long black overcoat, gray beanie, wide-leg jeans, and zip-up boots. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 25 Oct. 2021 Standing behind a protective shield in a dark overcoat and black gloves, Mr. Trump exhorted his loyalists to march to the Capitol and somehow stop Congress from certifying the election. New York Times, 16 Oct. 2021 Rudy, still wearing his overcoat, glanced over his shoulder before slipping inside my office. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 6 Oct. 2021

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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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12 Jan 2022

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“Overcoat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcoat. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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