What does coat mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word coat.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. coatnoun

    an outer garment that has sleeves and covers the body from shoulder down; worn outdoors

  2. coating, coatnoun

    a thin layer covering something

    "a second coat of paint"

  3. coat, pelageverb

    growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal

  4. coat, surfaceverb

    put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface

    "coat the cake with chocolate"

  5. coatverb

    cover or provide with a coat

  6. coat, cakeverb

    form a coat over

    "Dirt had coated her face"


  1. coatnoun

    An outer garment covering the upper torso and arms.

  2. coatnoun

    A covering of material, such as paint.

  3. coatnoun

    The fur or feathers of animal.

  4. coatnoun

    canvas painted with thick tar and secured round a mast or bowsprit to prevent water running down the sides into the hold (now made of rubber or leather)

  5. coatverb

    To cover with a coat of some material

    One can buy coated frying pans, which are much easier to wash up than normal ones.

  6. coatverb

    To cover as a coat.

  7. Etymology: From coate, cotte, from cote, cotte, from Old, from kuttō, from gʷeud-. Cognate with kozza, kozzo (Modern German Kotze), kot, Ancient Greek βεῦδος.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cot, Cote, Coat

    Etymology: At the end of the names of places, come generally from the Saxon cot , a cottage. Edmund Gibson Camden.

  2. COATnoun

    Etymology: cotte, Fr. cotta, Italian.

    He was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. 1 Sam. xvi. 5.

    The coat of many colours they brought to their father, and said, this have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no. Gen. xxxvii. 30.

    A friend’s younger son, a child in coats, was not easily brought to his book. John Locke.

    For his intermeddling with arms, he is the more excuseable, because many of his coat, in those times, are not only martial directors, but commanders. James Howell, Vocal Forrest.

    Men of his coat should be minding their pray’rs,
    And not among ladies, to give themselves airs. Jonathan Swift.

    He clad
    Their nakedness with skins of beasts; or slain,
    Or, as the snake, with youthful coat repaid;
    And thought not much to clothe his enemies. John Milton.

    Give your horse some powder of brimstone in his oats, and it will make his coat lie fine. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    You have given us milk
    In luscious streams, and lent us your own coat
    Against the winter’s cold. James Thomson, Spring.

    The eye is defended with four coats or skins. Henry Peacham.

    The optick nerves have their medullary parts terminating in the brain, their teguments terminating in the coats of the eye. William Derham, Physico-Theology.

    Amber is a nodule, invested with a coat, called rock-amber. John Woodward, on Fossils.

    The herald of love’s mighty king,
    In whose coat armour richly are display’d
    All sorts of flowers the which on earth do spring. Edmund Spenser.

    Cropp’d are the flower de-luces in your arms;
    Of England’s coat one half is cut away. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    At each trumpet was a banner bound,
    Which, waving in the wind, display’d at large
    Their master’s coat of arms and knightly charge. Dryden.

  3. To Coatverb

    To cover; to invest; to overspread: as, to coat a retort; to coat a ceiling.

    Etymology: from the noun.


  1. Coat

    A coat typically is an outer garment for the upper body as worn by either gender for warmth or fashion. Coats typically have long sleeves and are open down the front and closing by means of buttons, zippers, hook-and-loop fasteners, toggles, a belt, or a combination of some of these. Other possible features include collars, shoulder straps and hoods.


  1. coat

    A coat is a type of outer garment that is typically worn during colder weather for warmth or as a protective layer against inclement weather conditions. It usually has long sleeves, may extend down to the knees or lower, and often closes in front with buttons, zippers, or a belt. Additionally, a coat can also refer to the layer of fur, hair, or wool covering animals' bodies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coatnoun

    an outer garment fitting the upper part of the body; especially, such a garment worn by men

  2. Coatnoun

    a petticoat

  3. Coatnoun

    the habit or vesture of an order of men, indicating the order or office; cloth

  4. Coatnoun

    an external covering like a garment, as fur, skin, wool, husk, or bark; as, the horses coats were sleek

  5. Coatnoun

    a layer of any substance covering another; a cover; a tegument; as, the coats of the eye; the coats of an onion; a coat of tar or varnish

  6. Coatnoun

    same as Coat of arms. See below

  7. Coatnoun

    a coat card. See below

  8. Coatverb

    to cover with a coat or outer garment

  9. Coatverb

    to cover with a layer of any substance; as, to coat a jar with tin foil; to coat a ceiling

  10. Etymology: [OF. cote, F. cotte, petticoat, cotte d'armes coat of arms, cotte de mailles coat of mail, LL. cota, cotta, tunic, prob. of German origin; cf. OHG. chozzo coarse mantle, G. klotze, D. kot, hut, E. cot. Cf. Cot a hut.]


  1. Coat

    A coat is a long garment worn by both men and women, for warmth or fashion. Coats typically have long sleeves and are open down the front, closing by means of buttons, zippers, hook-and-loop fasteners, toggles, a belt, or a combination of some of these. Other possible features include collars and shoulder straps.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Coat

    kōt, n. a kind of outer garment: the hair or wool of a beast: vesture or habit: any covering: a garment worn by women and children, and hanging from the waist downwards: a membrane or layer, such as paint, &c.: a coat of arms.—v.t. to clothe: to cover with a coat or layer.—ns. Coat′-arm′our, coat of arms: armorial devices; Coat′-card, a card bearing the representation of a coated figure, the king, queen, or knave—now, less correctly, called Court-card; Coatee′, a close-fitting coat with short tails; Coat′ing, a covering: cloth for coats.—Coat of arms, the family insignia embroidered on the surcoat worn over the hauberk, or coat of mail: the heraldic bearings of a gentleman; Coat of mail, a piece of armour for the upper part of the body, made of metal scales or rings linked one with another.—Turn one's coat, to change one's principles, or to turn from one party to another. [O. Fr. cote (Fr. cotte)—Low L. cottus, cotta, a tunic; the further ety. is uncertain.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. coat

    A piece of tarred canvas nailed round above the partners, or that part where the mast or bowsprit enters the deck. Its use is to prevent the water from running down between decks. There is sometimes a coat for the rudder, nailed round the hole where the rudder traverses in the ship's counter. It also implies the stuff with which the ship's sides or masts are varnished, to defend them from the sun and weather, as turpentine, pitch, varnish, or paint; in this sense we say, "Give her a coat of tar or paint." By neglecting the scraper this may become a crust of coatings.

Editors Contribution

  1. coat

    A specific texture of feel of paint or a product.

    We put a coat of paint on the ceiling and a a coat of paint on the radiator.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 24, 2020  

  2. coat

    An item of clothing.

    They both bought a new coat for the next season.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'coat' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3242

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'coat' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1374

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'coat' in Nouns Frequency: #1072

Anagrams for coat »

  1. ATOC

  2. Cato

  3. CATO

  4. taco

  5. octa

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of coat in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of coat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of coat in a Sentence

  1. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.

  2. Andrew Noymer:

    Well it’s not raining right now, the numbers are incredibly low, so you can take off the rain coat.

  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little course, and you may get your coat soiled or torn What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.

  4. Wes Gordon:

    This season my vision was to really focus on the idea of a grand gesture, of the drama of a disciplined exuberance, adding in that discipline. And, whether it's the sleeve or an embroidery or the color, finding out that one thing that's at the heart of the piece, and letting that shine, going all in for it, the Carolina Herrera woman is bold, she's colorful, she's the center of the party, she's never looking for a wardrobe to disappear or blend in. I often say that, on a rainy gray day such as today, when everyone on the sidewalk will be in a black coat, the Carolina Herrera woman is in hot pink.

  5. Batman dark knight rises:

    A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders to let him know that the world hadn’t ended. — Batman in The Dark Knight Rises

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  • معطفArabic
  • пінжак, паліто, пальтоBelarusian
  • покритие, сако, намазвам, жакет, покривамBulgarian
  • casaca, cobertura, abric, cobrirCatalan, Valencian
  • kabát, nátěrCzech
  • frakke, pels, fjerdragt, lagDanish
  • Beschichtung, Mantel, beschichtenGerman
  • γούνα, επίχρισμα, επικάλυμμα, πανωφόρι, σκεπάζω, παλτό, καλύπτω, φτέρωμα, τρίχωμα, στρώσηGreek
  • tegaĵo, palto, tegi, tavolo, jakoEsperanto
  • cubierta, pelaje, casaca, abrigo, cubrir, sacoSpanish
  • mantelEstonian
  • پالتو, کتPersian
  • takki, turkki, päällystää, pinta, peittää, pinnoite, höyhenpukuFinnish
  • couche, manteau, couvrir, paletotFrench
  • casóg, brat, cótaIrish
  • còtaScottish Gaelic
  • מְעִילHebrew
  • kabátHungarian
  • վերարկուArmenian
  • mantelIndonesian
  • frakki, jakkiIcelandic
  • rivestimento, rivestire, mantelloItalian
  • 羽毛, コーティング, 外套, 毛皮, 塗装, コートJapanese
  • პალტო, პიჯაკი, ქურთუკი, ქურქიGeorgian
  • អាវធំKhmer
  • 코트Korean
  • pallium, pellisLatin
  • mētelis, svārkiLatvian
  • капут, обложува, крзно, пердуви, слој, покриваMacedonian
  • kot, lapisanMalay
  • jas, coaten, bekleden, laag, mantelDutch
  • frakkNorwegian
  • éétsohNavajo, Navaho
  • pokrywać, sierść, płaszcz, warstwa, pokryćPolish
  • pelo, cobertura, casaco, pelagemPortuguese
  • покрывать, пиджа́к, пальто́, слойRussian
  • капут, kaputSerbo-Croatian
  • kabát, plášťSlovak
  • plaščSlovene
  • belägga, fjäderdräkt, hårbeklädnad, hölje, lager, täcke, täcklager, rock, täcka, pälsSwedish
  • kotiSwahili
  • піджак, пальтоUkrainian

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