Definition of white coat in English:

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white coat

Pronunciation: /ˈwʌɪt kəʊt/


1A long white protective garment worn by doctors, hospital attendants, and laboratory workers.
Example sentences
  • He looked up to see a doctor in a long white coat walking towards him.
  • The white coat of one of the medics is spattered with blood.
  • Nurses and doctors in white coats were running in and out of rooms, while still trying to maintain quiet around the waiting room.
2 (whitecoat) Canadian An infant harp seal, which has whitish fur.
Example sentences
  • Mothers find their pups among the many whitecoats on the ice floes by scent and reject all but their own.
  • The protests climaxed in 1983 with a European Community (EC) ban on the import of ‘whitecoats’ and ‘bluebacks’.
  • Almost all of the white-coat hunting involved fishermen in Newfoundland and Quebec who needed a way to make money at the end of winter before the fishing season began again.


men in white coats

humorous Psychiatrists or psychiatric workers (used to imply that someone is mad or mentally unbalanced): I think the men in white coats will be calling soon
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  • They'd probably have rung the men in white coats to take me away.
  • She even squeezed out a slim book on the subject before the men in white coats came for her.
  • The father becomes enraged at the son and has to be dragged away himself by men in white coats.

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