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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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 In the late 1970s Virgilio Blanco was living and working in Spain and in need of a good overcoat. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Don we now our old apparel: Readers share stories of favorite garments," 30 May 2018 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

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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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