(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”).