Definition of coat in English:


Syllabification: coat
Pronunciation: /kōt


  • 1An outer garment worn outdoors, having sleeves and typically extending below the hips: a winter coat [as modifier]: his coat pocket
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    • Mr. Walker pulled a pair of mittens out of his coat pocket and handed them to me.
    • We wore our winter coats and stuffed our pockets with what little bread we had left.
    • See this new camera is big and bulky - in winter I put it in my puffy coat pocket and barely even noticed it.
  • 1.1An outer garment having sleeves and extending below the hips worn indoors as a protective garment: a laboratory coat
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    • I am eternally grateful to those who showed me that science needn't be all laboratories and lab coats.
    • They were put in white laboratory coats and asked to modify the behaviour of some other folk by way of an electric shock.
    • Good microbiologic techniques must be utilized and should include wearing a laboratory coat and gloves.
  • 1.2A man’s jacket or tunic, especially as worn when hunting or by soldiers.
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    • The new line includes a hunting coat, parka, vest, shirt and pant.
    • Like a tailor, he keeps big needles pinned behind the lapel of his coat, a plaid jacket too large for him.
    • Personally I think the jackets look like pyjama coats, but they are not my cuppa.
  • 1.3A man’s or woman’s tailored jacket.
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    • Key focus continues to be short shift dresses, coats and skirts.
    • The next three hours were a blur, as Keira tried on dresses, shirts, coats, skirts, pants, shoes and hats.
    • This season's key items are all short, from skirts to dresses and coats.
  • 2An animal’s covering of fur or hair.
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    • For instance, someone who is especially house proud will not want a dog with a long coat which sheds hair all over the furniture.
    • Animals with heavy coats, such as Highland cattle and Galloways, were the most prone to problems, he added.
    • Believe it or not mathematics explains why animals can have coats with spotted bodies and striped tails but not striped bodies with spotted tails.
  • 3A structure, especially a membrane, enclosing or lining an organ.
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    • The myometrium is a thick coat containing smooth muscle and abundant connective tissues.
    • The epithelial lining and muscle coats made a morphologic switch as the sections ascended in a direction toward the testes.
    • The serous coat is an extension of the peritoneum, and it covers only the superior and upper lateral surfaces.
  • 3.1A skin, rind, or husk.
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    • Thus, seeds lacking a coat were germinated in a horizontal or a vertical position.
    • Imbibition is necessary before decoating because it is difficult to remove the coats of dry seeds without causing injury.
    • In maize, as in all flowering plants, the seed develops inside a coat of maternal origin.
  • 3.2A layer of a plant bulb.
  • 3.3An outer layer or covering of a specified kind: the protein coat of the virus
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    • The env gene codes for a protein on the outer coat of the virus that allows it to recognize and attach to human cells.
    • They code for the coat proteins of the two viruses, which are primary targets for the host immune system.
    • Finally, all the Ames test strains have defective polysaccharide outer coats, to make them more permeable to the test chemicals.
    layer, covering, coating, skin, film, wash; plating, glaze, varnish, veneer, patina; deposit
  • 4A covering of paint or similar material laid on a surface at one time: a protective coat of varnish
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    • They felt it needed a new coat of paint to freshen it up.
    • Yet another group applied fresh coats of paint on the panels of windows and doors.
    • And how I would love to put a fresh coat of paint on it.


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  • 1Provide with a layer or covering of something; apply a coat to: his boots were coated with mud coat each part with a thin oil
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    • It is then coated with a thin layer of white lead on which the outline of the picture is drawn.
    • It's as if the camera lens had been coated with a thin layer of Vaseline and hurriedly wiped clean.
    • My eyes had been coated with a layer of black mascara and a decent amount of black eyeliner.
    cover, paint, glaze, varnish, wash; surface, veneer, laminate, plate, face; daub, smear, cake, plaster
  • 1.1(Of a substance) form a covering to: a film of dust coated the floor
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    • The limestone dust in the air coats our throats and drives us nigh mad with need for a drink.
    • A thin film of dust coated the drying tears, and she regarded it with disgust.
    • Her mother arched an eyebrow, looking at the blood coating her tile floor.



[in combination]: plastic-coated wire
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  • I used two brass pulleys that hung from a 90 foot plastic coated cable that was extended over an outside lane.
  • He knew he should hate this red coated soldier in front of him, but all he could see was a frightened boy, a boy no older than himself.
  • It improves the appearance of short coated dogs, and is essential for those with long coats.


Middle English: from Old French cote, of unknown ultimate origin.

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