[noun oh-ver-koht; verb oh-ver-koht, oh-ver-koht]


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.
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Related Words for overcoat

raincoat, parka, capote, raglan, ulster, surtout, topcoat, inverness, paletot

Examples from the Web for overcoat

Contemporary Examples of overcoat

Historical Examples of overcoat

  • As was his custom, he wore no overcoat, but a short sweater under his coat.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Of course, the overcoat may not have been his, and may even have been stolen.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

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

    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

  • In his case it was a huge winter overcoat that must have weighed fifteen pounds.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

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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