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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But lately, as late winter has given way to full-on spring and maybe even summer, Jonah's overcoat-and-shorts look has gone into storage. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Jonah Hill Has Gone Full Tie-Dye," 1 June 2018 Cobain, 25, donned a vibrant pink jacket, lacy dress and cowboy boots, while her mother, 53, opted for an appropriately darker look befitting her Queen of Grunge status — a dark top, jeans and a camel overcoat. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain Bond (and Show Off Her Art!) During Mother-Daughter Night Out," 9 Mar. 2018 June has her Commander overcoat on and is almost out the door when her crappy Gilead family drops by. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2, Episode 11 Recap: The Wolf Is A Metaphor," 27 June 2018 The hobbling man in the beat-up overcoat failing to scale a fence doesn’t look much like a hero. Benji Wilson, USA TODAY, "J.K. Rowling on the 'unnerving' challenge of adapting her CB Strike detective novels for TV," 31 May 2018 In the same vein: James Reinig’s blue wool overcoat. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Don we now our old apparel: Readers share stories of favorite garments," 30 May 2018 His Pre-Fall womenswear collection for Moschino was filled with the work of Carlo Mollino, the Italian architect and photographer whose Polaroids made their way onto Scott’s dresses and overcoats. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Frances Bean Cobain Brings Wearable Art to the Red Carpet," 9 Apr. 2018 From the macabre details (teddy bears, death masks, rosary chokers) to the streetwear-ready ensembles (dirty sneakers and glamorous overcoats), each of the looks was on theme. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "9 References to Death in Gucci’s Cruise Show," 31 May 2018 Caesar’s laurel crown, Napoleon’s double-breasted overcoat and tricorn hat, those were costumes that inspired and evoked glory. Oddur Thorisson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling in Venice With Kids," 21 June 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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