[ koh-ting ]
/ ˈkoʊ tɪŋ /


a layer of any substance spread over a surface.
fabric for making coats.

Nearby words

  1. coatee,
  2. coates,
  3. coatesville,
  4. coati,
  5. coatimundi,
  6. coatrack,
  7. coatroom,
  8. coats disease,
  9. coatsworth,
  10. coattail

Origin of coating

First recorded in 1760–70; coat + -ing1


[ koht ]
/ koʊt /


verb (used with object)

Origin of coat

1250–1300; Middle English cote < Anglo-French, Old French < Germanic; compare German Kotze, Old Saxon cott woolen coat

Related formscoat·er, nouncoat·less, adjectivere·coat, verb (used with object)re·coat, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coating


/ (ˈkəʊtɪŋ) /


a layer or film spread over a surface for protection or decoration
a heavy fabric suitable for coats
Midland English dialect a severe rebuke; ticking-off


/ (kəʊt) /



(tr often foll by with) to cover (with) a layer or covering
(tr) to provide with a coat

Word Origin for coat

C16: from Old French cote of Germanic origin; compare Old Saxon kotta, Old High German kozzo

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Word Origin and History for coating
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for coating


[ kōt ]


The outer covering or enveloping layer or layers of an organ or part.

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