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overcoat

[noun oh-ver-koht; verb oh-ver-koht, oh-ver-koht]
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noun
  1. a coat worn over the ordinary indoor clothing, as in cold weather.
  2. Also called overcoating. an added coating, as of paint, applied for protection.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to apply an additional coat of paint to (a surface).
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Origin of overcoat

First recorded in 1795–1805; over- + coat

Overcoat, The

noun
  1. a short story (1842) by Gogol.
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  • As was his custom, he wore no overcoat, but a short sweater under his coat.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Of course, the overcoat may not have been his, and may even have been stolen.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Mr Verloc, against his usual practice, had thrown off his overcoat.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • The piece of overcoat with the address sewn on was certainly not a thing to leave about.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • In his case it was a huge winter overcoat that must have weighed fifteen pounds.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White


British Dictionary definitions for overcoat

overcoat

noun
  1. a warm heavy coat worn over the outer clothes in cold weather
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Word Origin and History for overcoat

n.

"large coat worn over ordinary clothing," 1802, from over- + coat (n.).

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