top·​coat ˈtäp-ˌkōt How to pronounce topcoat (audio)
: a lightweight overcoat

Examples of topcoat in a Sentence

threw on a wool topcoat and headed out into the snow
Recent Examples on the Web Herr Schultz, courtly in a topcoat, must hug Sally goodbye in her bra. Jesse Green, New York Times, 22 Apr. 2024 Matte topcoats, crackle polish, and a look that held me (and all my college friends) in a total chokehold—the glow-in-the-dark manicure. Bénja Gladden-Slaughter, Vogue, 15 Apr. 2024 There no need for any special tools, powders, or topcoats. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 12 Apr. 2024 To nail high-low dressing, pair your hoodie of choice with more structured pieces like wool topcoats, tailored trousers, or wide-leg jeans. Jake Smith, Glamour, 1 Feb. 2024 Phi Villa’s Patio Swivel Bar Stools are made to last outdoors with a clear, protective topcoat that is fade-,rust-, and corrosion-resistant. Addie Morton, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Jan. 2024 From French revolutions and milky topcoats to surrealist art and tone-on-tone takes, nail trends found power through subtlety, even the most expressive of additions applied with an effective air of artistic restraint. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 4 Jan. 2024 Olive & June Mini Mani Holiday Dreams Set With two nail polishes, a glossy topcoat, and a host of cute nail stickers, this Olive & June holiday set will make your manicure jollier. Jamie Allison Sanders, Peoplemag, 7 Dec. 2023 At Bottega Veneta, Matthieu Blazy’s double-breasted topcoats have a swishy, fringed hemline; Ferragamo’s faux fur coats have thick, sculptural silhouettes; Loewe’s leather trenches are sleek and streamlined. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 18 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of topcoat was in 1700

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“Topcoat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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top·​coat ˈtäp-ˌkōt How to pronounce topcoat (audio)
: a lightweight overcoat

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