Pronunciation Noun


  1. (countable) An outer garment covering the upper torso and arms.Coat (clothing)
    • 1906, Stanley J[ohn] Weyman, chapter I, in Chippinge Borough, New York, N.Y.: McClure, Phillips & Co., OCLC 580270828 ↗, page 01 ↗:
      It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. He wore shepherd's plaid trousers and the swallow-tail coat of the day, with a figured muslin cravat wound about his wide-spread collar.
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in An Autobiography, part II, London: Collins, →ISBN:
      Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. […] Frills, ruffles, flounces, lace, complicated seams and gores: not only did they sweep the ground and have to be held up in one hand elegantly as you walked along, but they had little capes or coats or feather boas.
  2. (countable) A covering of material, such as paint.Paint
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 5”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Fruit of all kinds, in coat / Rough or smooth rined, or bearded husk#English|husk, or shell#English|shell.
  3. (countable) The fur or feathers covering an animal's skin.Coat (animal)
    When the dog shed its coat, it left hair all over the furniture and the carpet.
  4. (uncountable, nautical) Canvas painted with thick tar and secured round a mast or bowsprit to prevent water running down the sides into the hold (now made of rubber or leather).
  5. (obsolete) A petticoat.
    • 1693, [John Locke], “§148”, in Some Thoughts Concerning Education, London: […] A[wnsham] and J[ohn] Churchill, […], OCLC 1161614482 ↗:
      a child in coats
  6. The habit or vesture of an order of men, indicating the order or office; cloth.
    • 1729, Jonathan Swift, The Grand Question Debated of Hamilton's Bawn
      Men of his coat should be minding their prayers.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, A Lover's Compaint
      She was sought by spirits of richest coat.
  7. A coat of arms.Coat of arms
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene v]:
      Hark#English|Hark, countrymen! either renew the fight, / Or tear the lions out of England's coat.
  8. A coat card.
    • 1656, Thomas Middleton, William Rowley, and Philip Massinger, The Old Law
      Here's a trick of discarded cards of us! We were ranked with coats as long as old master lived.
Translations Translations Translations Verb

coat (coats, present participle coating; past and past participle coated)

  1. (transitive) To cover with a coating of some material.
    The frying pan was coated with a layer of non-stick material, making it easier to wash.
  2. (transitive) To cover like a coat.
  3. (transitive, archaic) To clothe.

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