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 At age 25 — walking at the head of the march with his hands tucked in the pockets of his tan overcoat — Lewis was knocked to the ground and beaten by police. Desiree Seals, The Denver Post, "John Lewis, lion of civil rights and Congress, dies at 80," 18 July 2020 In their place are elderly, ultra-Orthodox Jews wearing black overcoats and fedoras; south and central Asians with traditional karakul hats; and gaggles of merchants shouting in languages from across the world. Barak Richman, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Manhattan’s Diamond District Continues To Operate Like an Old World Bazaar," 16 Jan. 2020 Many men’s coats—specifically dress overcoats and suit jackets—are put together with linings that are also attached around the armholes. 1. Vanessa Nirode, Popular Science, "Five simple fixes to keep your clothing around longer," 10 Jan. 2020 Transitioning into ready-to-wear, Armani made the overcoat the statement piece of the season, with the focus on texture. Washington Post, "Milan designers hybridize menswear for next fall/winter," 13 Jan. 2020 Dantonio and Clawson posed for pictures in their suits with no overcoats or hats outdoors on Tuesday. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football could use Pinstripe Bowl as sign of things to come," 10 Dec. 2019 The handicappers keep fitting him for a pine overcoat, but the voters haven’t gotten the memo. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Nostalgia Is the Ace up Biden’s Sleeve," 4 Dec. 2019 The glossy overcoat with Matrix vibes layered over matching pants and a striped sequin top from Oliver Rouseting’s Spring 2018 collection had Nyong’o looking the part of futuristic heroine. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Lupita Nyong’o Delivers a Glossy Fashion Moment in Balmain," 2 Feb. 2018 Pleated dresses had silk tie stripes inset between the panels; navy jackets became skirts and suit trousers were vests; and an entire safari landscape was worked in to otherwise simple overcoats. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "It’s the End of the World as We Know It," 2 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of overcoat

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overcoat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcoat. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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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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