- an outer garment with sleeves, covering at least the upper part of the body: a new fur coat; a coat for formal wear.
- a natural integument or covering, as the hair, fur, or wool of an animal, the bark of a tree, or the skin of a fruit.
- a layer of anything that covers a surface: That wall needs another coat of paint.
- a mucous layer covering or lining an organ or connected parts, as on the tongue.
- coat of arms.
- Archaic. a petticoat or skirt.
- a garment indicating profession, class, etc.
- the profession, class, etc., so indicated.
- to cover with a layer or coating: He coated the wall with paint. The furniture was coated with dust.
- to cover thickly, especially with a viscous fluid or substance: Heat the mixture until it coats a spoon. The boy was coated with mud from head to foot.
- to cover or provide with a coat.
Origin of coat
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Examples from the Web for coat
Place the thinly sliced shallots in a medium bowl and pour buttermilk over to coat.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole
December 27, 2014
The man finally manages to break free with the help of the others, slipping out of his coat.Protesters Slimed This Good Samaritan Cop
December 16, 2014
Micah is 10 years old and he had a coat geared to the season, a Patagonia winter jacket with a hood.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner
December 8, 2014
He tore a piece of meat off the breast and stroked her coat while she ate.The Stacks: A Chicken Dinner That Mends Your Heart
December 7, 2014
The coat, with fitted bodice, nipped-in waist, and full skirt, created a familiar silhouette for Kate.Kate Middleton, the Preggers Fashion Princess
November 14, 2014
His nephew, with his coat stripped off, was sitting on the side of the bed.Brave and Bold
He had stripped off his coat and waistcoat, and was busily at work in his shirt-sleeves.Little Daffydowndilly
Dare you to wear your brother's coat without the crescent which should stamp you as his cadet.
How read you that coat which hangs over yonder galley, Alleyne?
Some of them, I have been given to understand, were actually in the pocket of her coat.Within the Law
- an outdoor garment with sleeves, covering the body from the shoulder to waist, knee, or foot
- any similar garment, esp one forming the top to a suit
- a layer that covers or conceals a surfacea coat of dust
- the hair, wool, or fur of an animal
- short for coat of arms
- on the coat Australian in disfavour
- (tr often foll by with) to cover (with) a layer or covering
- (tr) to provide with a coat
Word Origin and History for coat
early 14c., "outer garment," from Old French cote "coat, robe, tunic, overgarment," from Frankish *kotta "coarse cloth" or some other Germanic source (cf. Old Saxon kot "woolen mantle," Old High German chozza "cloak of coarse wool," German Kotze "a coarse coat"), of unknown origin. Transferred to animal's natural covering late 14c. Extended 1660s to a layer of any substance covering any surface. Spanish, Portuguese cota, Italian cotta are Germanic loan-words.
- The outer covering or enveloping layer or layers of an organ or part.