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[noun oh-ver-koht; verb oh-ver-koht, oh-ver-koht] /noun ˈoʊ vərˌkoʊt; verb ˌoʊ vərˈkoʊt, ˈoʊ vərˌkoʊt/
a coat worn over the ordinary indoor clothing, as in cold weather.
Also called overcoating. an added coating, as of paint, applied for protection.
verb (used with object)
to apply an additional coat of paint to (a surface).
Origin of overcoat
First recorded in 1795-1805; over- + coat

Overcoat, The

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

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Of course, the overcoat may not have been his, and may even have been stolen.

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

    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
  • At eleven I put on my hat and overcoat and went out into the rain.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • He threw his overcoat into a chair, and touched the brass knobs behind the door.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for overcoat


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

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for overcoat



A parachute (WWII Air Forces)

Related Terms

chicago overcoat, pine overcoat

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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