Nearby words

  1. co-worker,
  2. co.,
  3. coa,
  4. coacervate,
  5. coacervation,
  6. coach bolt,
  7. coach box,
  8. coach class,
  9. coach dog,
  10. coach horse

Origin of coach

1550–60; 1840–50 for sense “tutor”; earlier coche(e) < Middle French coche < German Kotsche, Kutsche < Hungarian kocsi, short for kocsi szekér cart of Kocs, town on the main road between Vienna and Budapest; senses referring to tutoring, from the conception of the tutor as one who carries the student through examinations

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British Dictionary definitions for coach


/ (kəʊtʃ) /



to give tuition or instruction to (a pupil)
(tr) to transport in a bus or coach
Derived Formscoacher, noun

Word Origin for coach

C16: from French coche, from Hungarian kocsi szekér wagon of Kocs, village in Hungary where coaches were first made; in the sense: to teach, probably from the idea that the instructor carried his pupils

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Word Origin and History for coach
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