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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Wearing an overcoat, Barnum would sometimes show up at the American Museum right as a performance was scheduled to begin. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, "What P. T. Barnum Understood About America," 29 July 2019 Those include meat products, peanuts, window blinds, bed sheets, trousers, overcoats, keyboards, TV sets, golf shoes and ski boots. Los Angeles Times, "Trump backs down again, delays many new tariffs on China until December," 13 Aug. 2019 The man wore an expensive suit and a heavy overcoat, like the people whose trash cans Xavier emptied. Veronica Chambers, New York Times, "Viewfinders: 10 Y.A. Novelists Spin Fiction From Vintage Photos," 28 June 2019 Even in Bacon’s extensive gallery of Really Bad Guys, Rohr, with his stylish overcoat, cigar and brash Boston accent, is a standout. Los Angeles Times, "Kevin Bacon on his shockingly corrupt ‘City on a Hill’ FBI man and heroes vs. bad guys," 19 July 2019 The most unexpected way to knot one on is to tie it around the waist atop a long black overcoat and white maxi skirt. Vogue, "5 Office-Ready Style Hacks You’ll Need This Summer," 7 May 2019 Benson opted for the classic cool of camel cashmere and a floor-grazing overcoat. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson Dress for Date Night at the Moulin Rouge," 10 Apr. 2019 Markle appeared in a chic navy midi-length dress with a matching hat and her hair in her signature low bun, plus what looks like a matching short-sleeved overcoat. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton's Trooping the Colour Outfits Nodded to Their Royal Weddings," 8 June 2019 The result is the Staples Edition by Louis Vuitton, a 30-piece line of menswear essentials like the overcoat, the blazer, the chino and the low-top sneaker, to name a few, rendered largely in versatile neutrals.... Christine Whitney, WSJ, "Preview Virgil Abloh’s Staples Edition by Louis Vuitton," 25 Apr. 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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to make a temporary encampment

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