- 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.
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- 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
- Dialectal a petticoat or skirt
- Obsolete customary garb of a profession or class
Origin: Middle 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
- coated adjective
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- a. A sleeved outer garment extending from the shoulders to the waist or below.b. A garment extending to just below the waist and usually forming the top part of a suit.
- A natural outer covering, such as the fur of an animal; an integument.
- A layer of material covering something else; a coating: a second coat of paint.
- To provide or cover with a coat.
- To cover with a layer, as of paint.
Origin: Middle English cote, from Old French, of Germanic origin.
- coatˈed adjective
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