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




an outer garment with sleeves, covering at least the upper part of the body: a new fur coat; a coat for formal wear.
a natural integument or covering, as the hair, fur, or wool of an animal, the bark of a tree, or the skin of a fruit.
a layer of anything that covers a surface: That wall needs another coat of paint.
a mucous layer covering or lining an organ or connected parts, as on the tongue.
Archaic. a petticoat or skirt.
  1. a garment indicating profession, class, etc.
  2. the profession, class, etc., so indicated.

verb (used with object)

to cover with a layer or coating: He coated the wall with paint. The furniture was coated with dust.
to cover thickly, especially with a viscous fluid or substance: Heat the mixture until it coats a spoon. The boy was coated with mud from head to foot.
to cover or provide with a coat.

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



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



an outdoor garment with sleeves, covering the body from the shoulder to waist, knee, or foot
any similar garment, esp one forming the top to a suit
a layer that covers or conceals a surfacea coat of dust
the hair, wool, or fur of an animal
short for coat of arms
on the coat Australian in disfavour


(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
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Medicine definitions for coating




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

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