Nowadays, we mostly think of a coach as someone who trains a team, but it can also refer to a vehicle, such as a horse-drawn coach or coach bus (the kind with a bathroom in the back).

The first meaning of coach was in the mid-16th Century for a carriage, probably named for Kocs, the Hungarian village where they were first made and called kocsi. In the mid-19th Century, the name was given to railway cars, and nowadays the least expensive travel class is described as "coach." It's thought that the idea of a coach as a teacher came about because of the idea that a coach "carries" a student to success through his or her teaching.

Definitions of coach
  1. noun
    a vehicle carrying many passengers; used for public transport
    synonyms: autobus, bus, charabanc, double-decker, jitney, motorbus, motorcoach, omnibus, passenger vehicle
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    a light bus (4 to 10 passengers)
    school bus
    a bus used to transport children to or from school
    trackless trolley, trolley coach, trolleybus
    a passenger bus with an electric motor that draws power from overhead wires
    type of:
    public transport
    conveyance for passengers or mail or freight
  2. noun
    a railcar where passengers ride
    synonyms: carriage, passenger car
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    buffet car, diner, dining car, dining compartment
    a passenger car where food is served in transit
    nonsmoker, nonsmoking car
    a passenger car for passengers who want to avoid tobacco smoke
    chair car, drawing-room car, palace car, parlor car, parlour car
    a passenger car for day travel; you pay extra fare for individual chairs
    Pullman, Pullman car
    luxurious passenger car; for day or night travel
    sleeper, sleeping car, wagon-lit
    a passenger car that has berths for sleeping
    smoker, smoking car, smoking carriage, smoking compartment
    a passenger car for passengers who wish to smoke
    type of:
    car, railcar, railroad car, railway car
    a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad
  3. noun
    a carriage pulled by four horses with one driver
    synonyms: coach-and-four, four-in-hand
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    stage, stagecoach
    a large coach-and-four formerly used to carry passengers and mail on regular routes between towns
    type of:
    carriage, equipage, rig
    a vehicle with wheels drawn by one or more horses
  4. verb
    drive a coach
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    type of:
    operate or control a vehicle
  5. noun
    (sports) someone in charge of training an athlete or a team
    synonyms: handler, manager
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    John Joseph McGraw
    United States baseball player and manager (1873-1934)
    Charles Dillon Stengel
    United States baseball manager (1890-1975)
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    baseball coach, baseball manager
    a coach of baseball players
    basketball coach
    a coach of basketball players
    a trainer of athletes
    football coach
    a coach of football players
    hockey coach
    a coach of hockey players
    tennis coach
    a coach of tennis players
    batting coach
    (baseball) someone who teaches batters how to bat better
    line coach
    an assistant football coach in charge of the linemen
    pitching coach
    an assistant baseball coach in charge of pitchers
    type of:
    one who trains other persons or animals
  6. noun
    a person who gives private instruction (as in singing, acting, etc.)
    synonyms: private instructor, tutor
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    a teacher who is paid to cram students for examinations
    type of:
    instructor, teacher
    a person whose occupation is teaching
  7. verb
    teach and supervise (someone); act as a trainer or coach (to), as in sports
    “She is coaching the crew”
    synonyms: train
    exercise in order to prepare for an event or competition
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    type of:
    instruct, learn, teach
    impart skills or knowledge to
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