There are 2 main definitions of coach in English:

coach1

Syllabification: coach
Pronunciation: /kōCH
 
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noun

1A horse-drawn carriage, especially a closed one.
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  • It was a wonderful sight to see because many of the guests arrived in horse-drawn coaches and carriages.
  • At the turn of the 20th century, he became landlord of the nearby Coach and Horses and ran a livery business from there with horse-drawn coaches and traps for hire.
  • Horse-drawn coaches heading for Scotland have been replaced by commuters on the A1, which is right on the doorstep.
Synonyms
horse-drawn carriage, hackney, hansom, gig, landau, brougham
2A railroad car.
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  • Two of the added displays that the museum will now have room to exhibit are velvet cushion chairs from an early railroad coach and a large rail cutting saw.
  • After Skip met us in our coach, the five of us all went to the dining car for dinner.
  • One does not sit in a first-class coach if the train ticket is for a second-class seat.
Synonyms
car, carriage, wagon, compartment, van, Pullman
2.1North American (also coach class) Economy class seating in an aircraft or train: a transatlantic flight in coach isn’t the most pleasant experience the cheapest coach-class fare
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  • Our train consists of six coach class cars, a cafe car, and one business class car.
  • Sale fares are available daily for Envoy class, but only between Monday and Thursday for coach class.
  • It is the only major carrier to continue offering free meals in coach class on all flights after other airlines suspended meal service or started selling snacks as a way to cut costs.
3A bus, especially one that is comfortably equipped and used for longer journeys.
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  • I think the only time I've ever been to Birmingham was on an evening coach journey for a school theatre trip, probably twenty years ago.
  • Instead, we booked a nine-hour coach journey into Dallas, Texas, where we would stay for a couple of days, before moving down to Austin.
  • She was allowed to sit at the front on the coach journey home, on her own, with the rest of the class huddled together in the back three rows.
Synonyms

verb

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Travel by coach: they coached to Claude’s dwelling

adverb

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In economy class accommodations in an aircraft or train: flying coach
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  • We normally ride coach and bring along some extra padding to make the seats more comfortable.
  • Yoli and I were traveling coach to Chicago since the trip would be only ten hours.

Origin

mid 16th century (sense 1 of the noun): from French coche, from Hungarian kocsi (szekér) '(wagon) from Kocs', a town in Hungary.

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There are 2 main definitions of coach in English:

coach2

Syllabification: coach
Pronunciation: /kōCH
 
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noun

1An athletic instructor or trainer.
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  • He said his executive used trained coaches and referees to educate sports teachers in schools as a way of broadening participation in youth programmes.
  • It's no secret that inner-city coaches in any sport have one of the toughest jobs in all of high school athletics.
  • Either the football coach or an athletic trainer initiated the injury report.
Synonyms
1.1A tutor who gives private or specialized teaching.
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  • His wife, Kelly, keeps busy as an English teacher and coach at Oakdale High School.
  • Nature, of course, is improved upon by a phalanx of speech coaches, tutors, finishing lessons, cosmetics specialists and designers.
  • I was thinking about how to prepare and hired a private coach.

verb

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1Train or instruct (a team or player): he has coached the Edmeston Panthers for six years
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  • He is a quiet player on the court, he coaches teammates, but doesn't get very emotional one way or the other.
  • Talented young players will be coached and trained at the Football Academy.
  • For a time he coached swimmers, then moved into the business world.
1.1Give (someone) extra or private teaching: he was coached to speak more slowly and curb his hand gestures
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  • I learned the finer points of grammar as a high schooler coaching elementary-school kids.
  • In addition, retired dancers earn extra money coaching young artists so they can accept holiday engagements as guests in smaller companies.
  • Parents first got their children privately coached by school teachers.
1.2Teach (a subject or sport) as a coach: a Washington realtor who coaches soccer
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  • Now retired, he spent his time teaching geography and coaching soccer, a life he loved very much.
  • He began his teaching career in 1935 at Storer College, where he taught English and coached football.
  • As a teacher Andy worked at the City of London School, where he coached cricket and rugby.
1.3Prompt or urge (someone) with instructions: he had improperly coached the witness to testify more credibly
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  • The attorney representing the woman tried his best to coach the woman as instructed, and in an hour, the court reconvened.
  • Over the prison phone, he'd been coaching his alibi witness to commit perjury, so he had to explain the general setup inside a courtroom.
  • They collude, have unlimited access to finance, and bring witnesses who are coached to commit perjury.

Origin

early 18th century (as a verb): figuratively from coach1.

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