- a large, horse-drawn, four-wheeled carriage, usually enclosed.
- a public motorbus.
- Railroads. day coach.
- Also called air coach. a class of airline travel providing less luxurious accommodations than first class at a lower fare.
- a person who trains an athlete or a team of athletes: a football coach.
- a private tutor who prepares a student for an examination.
- a person who instructs an actor or singer.
- Baseball. a playing or nonplaying member of the team at bat who is stationed in the box outside first or third base to signal instructions to and advise base runners and batters.
- Nautical. an after cabin in a sailing ship, located beneath the poop deck, for use especially by the commander of the ship.
- a type of inexpensive automobile with a boxlike, usually two-door, body manufactured in the 1920s.
- mobile home.
- to give instruction or advice to in the capacity of a coach; instruct: She has coached the present tennis champion.
- to act as a coach.
- to go by or in a coach.
- by coach or in coach-class accommodations: We flew coach from Denver to New York.
Origin of coach
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Examples from the Web for coach
With a .700 career winning percentage as a coach in college and the NFL, Harbaugh is a winner.
Michigan supposedly offered 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh a $42 million contract, which would him the highest-paid coach in the NCAA.
Having just crossed the country in coach, I needed instant spiritual repair.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
Tip: The narrower upper deck in coach is the better choice because its eight-seat rows cannot be extended.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room
November 25, 2014
Shattuck retired her pom-poms after two years, but stayed on for six more as a coach.From Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader to Mrs. Robinson
November 6, 2014
A doze in the coach is the flower of dozes, when you are alone.
The coach stopped at this instant, and the conversation was interrupted.
But I thought you must leave the coach, with all the rest, to the rightful heir.
Lady Bradstone could not bear to go with more than four in a coach.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
We always had a coach to go in, and it was a reasonable night that cost me only ten dollars.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- a vehicle for several passengers, used for transport over long distances, sightseeing, etc
- a large four-wheeled enclosed carriage, usually horse-drawn
- a railway carriage carrying passengers
- a trainer or instructora drama coach
- a tutor who prepares students for examinations
- to give tuition or instruction to (a pupil)
- (tr) to transport in a bus or coach
Word Origin and History for coach
1550s, "large kind of carriage," from Middle French coche (16c.), from German kotsche, from Hungarian kocsi (szekér) "(carriage) of Kocs," village where it was first made. In Hungary, the thing and the name for it date from 15c., and forms are found in most European languages (e.g. Spanish and Portuguese coche, Italian cocchino, Dutch koets). Applied to railway cars 1866, American English. Sense of "economy or tourist class" is from 1949. Meaning "instructor/trainer" is c.1830 Oxford University slang for a tutor who "carries" a student through an exam; athletic sense is 1861.
1610s, "to convey in a coach," from coach (n.). Meaning "to prepare (someone) for an exam" is from 1849. Related: Coached; coaching.