A little girl snuggling in her warm winter coat.
- The definition of a coat is a layer of something on a surface, or the fur covering an animal, or an outer layer of clothing.
- An example of a coat is the first layer of paint on a wall.
- An example of a coat is the shiny hair on a dog.
- An example of a coat is a rain jacket.
- To coat is to cover something completely, or to give someone an outer layer of clothing.
- An example of to coat is to toss a piece of chicken in flour before cooking it in oil.
- An example of to coat is to go out on a cold night to cover sleeping homeless people.
- a sleeved outer garment opening down the front and varying in length, as a suit jacket or a topcoat or overcoat
- a natural outer covering of an animal, as of fur or wool
- the outer covering of a plant or animal structure, tissue, etc.: a seed coat
- a layer of some substance, as paint, over a surface
- Dial. a petticoat or skirt
- Obs. customary garb of a profession or class
Origin of coatMiddle English cote, a coat from Old French from Frankish an unverified form kotta, coarse cloth; akin to German kotze, shaggy overcoat
- to provide or cover with a coat
- to cover with a layer of something
- a. A sleeved outer garment extending from the shoulders to the waist or below.b. See suit coat.
- A natural outer covering, such as the fur of an animal or the enveloping layer of an organ.
- A layer of material covering something else; a coating: a second coat of paint.
transitive verbcoat·ed, coat·ing, coats
- To provide or cover with a coat.
- To cover with a layer, as of paint.
Origin of coatMiddle English cote from Old French of Germanic origin
(countable and uncountable, plural coats)
- (countable) An outer garment covering the upper torso and arms.
- (countable) A covering of material, such as paint.
- (countable) The fur or feathers covering an animal's skin.
- When the dog shed its coat, it left hair all over the furniture and the carpet.
- (uncountable, nautical) 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)
- The habit or vesture of an order of men, indicating the order or office; cloth.
- A coat of arms.
- A coat card.
(third-person singular simple present coats, present participle coating, simple past and past participle coated)
- To cover with a coat of some material
- One can buy coated frying pans, which are much easier to wash up than normal ones.
- To cover as a coat.
From Middle English coate, cotte, from Old French cote, cotte (“outer garment with sleeves”), from Old Frankish *kotta (“coat”), from Proto-Germanic *kuttô, *kuttǭ (“cowl, woolen cloth, coat”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷeud-, *gud- (“woolen clothes”). Cognate with Old High German kozza, kozzo (“woolen coat”) (Modern German Kotze), Middle Low German kot (“coat”), Ancient Greek βεῦδος (beũdos, “woman's attire”).