[ kohst ]
/ koʊst /


verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. coarse fish,
  2. coarse-grained,
  3. coarsen,
  4. coarser,
  5. coarticulation,
  6. coast artillery,
  7. coast guard,
  8. coast is clear, the,
  9. coast live oak,
  10. coast mountains


    the coast is clear, no danger or impediment exists; no persons are in the path or vicinity: The boys waited until the coast was clear before climbing over the wall.

Origin of coast

1325–75; (noun) Middle English cost(e) < Anglo-French, Middle French < Latin costa rib, side, wall; (v.) Middle English cost(e)yen, costen < Anglo-French costeier, Old French costoier, derivative of the noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coast


/ (kəʊst) /



Derived Formscoastal, adjectivecoastally, adverb

Word Origin for coast

C13: from Old French coste coast, slope, from Latin costa side, rib

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Word Origin and History for coast
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