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


  1. a coat worn over the ordinary indoor clothing, as in cold weather.
  2. Also called overcoating. an added coating, coating, as of paint, applied for protection.

verb (used with object)

  1. to apply an additional coat of paint to (a surface).


/ ˈəʊvəˌkəʊt /


  1. a warm heavy coat worn over the outer clothes in cold weather

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Word History and Origins

Origin of overcoat1

First recorded in 1795–1805; over- + coat

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Example Sentences

“Maybe you need a good overcoat for Christmas,” Mister Ham was saying.

In his left overcoat pocket was the front-page logotype of the paper, and in his left pocket were 10 or 12 halftones.

A boxy white overcoat with a plunging neckline was a highlight, as was as a sand-colored crepe dress with an equally low neckline.

I have an overcoat I bought in Jermyn Street in London three years ago.

That night, he heads out into the bitter cold in a suit and overcoat to make his rounds of a sleepy neighborhood down the road.

Mindful of the military nature of the occasion he appeared in his old army overcoat, in spite of the heat.

Then Edwin was bending over it, with his ear close to her ear, and the sleeve of his overcoat touching her sleeve.

He fumbled under his overcoat for loose silver, drew out a handful and paid off the taximan.

At last I gave up, and by a sudden thought arose and pulled on my overcoat, and got my hat.

There was nothing in the pockets of the overcoat, but inside the hat he found pasted the initials L. P.


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