Other forms: coats; coating; coated

A coat is a warm piece of clothing you wear when it's cold outside. When the days get short and chilly, it's probably time to start wearing your puffy winter coat.

A coat is a necessary garment during the winter in most parts of the world. You can also use the word to mean "layer," like when you paint your house, starting with a coat of primer. Another kind of coat is the one your dog, or any furry animal, has: "I brushed my cat's coat until it shone." Coat comes from the Old French cote, "tunic or overgarment," with its Turkish root kotta, "coarse cloth."

Definitions of coat
  1. noun
    an outer garment that has sleeves and covers the body from shoulder down; worn outdoors
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    box coat
    a short coat that hangs loosely from the shoulders
    a short close-fitting coat
    a man's coat cut diagonally from the waist to the back of the knees
    duffel coat, duffle coat
    a warm coat made of duffel; usually has a hood and fastens with toggles
    frock coat
    a man's coat having knee-length skirts front and back; worn in the 19th century
    fur coat
    a coat made of fur
    greatcoat, overcoat, topcoat
    a heavy coat worn over clothes in winter
    a short coat
    lab coat, laboratory coat
    a light coat worn to protect clothing from substances used while working in a laboratory
    Mackinaw coat, mackinaw
    a short plaid coat made of made of thick woolen material
    a long close-fitting coat worn for riding in the 19th century
    raincoat, waterproof
    a water-resistant coat
    sack coat
    man's hiplength coat with a straight back; the jacket of a suit
    afghan, sheepskin coat
    a coat made of sheepskin
    a loose outer coat usually of rich material
    a woman's short coat
    banian, banyan
    a loose fitting jacket; originally worn in India
    bed jacket
    a lightweight jacket worn over bedclothes (as when sitting in bed)
    blazer, sport coat, sport jacket, sports coat, sports jacket
    lightweight single-breasted jacket; often striped in the colors of a club or school
    a short jacket; worn mostly by women
    bomber jacket
    a jacket gathered into a band at the waist
    a lightweight belted raincoat typically made of tan gabardine with a distinctive tartan lining; named for the original manufacturer
    bush jacket
    a loose fitting jacket; resembles a shirt with four patch pockets and a belt
    capote, hooded coat
    a long overcoat with a hood that can be pulled over the head
    a fitted overcoat with a velvet collar
    dolman, dolman jacket
    a hussar's jacket worn over the shoulders
    donkey jacket
    a short thick jacket; often worn by workmen
    double-breasted jacket
    a jacket having fronts that overlap enough for two separate rows of buttons
    a man's close-fitting jacket; worn during the Renaissance
    dressing sack, dressing sacque
    a woman's loose jacket; worn while dressing
    Eton jacket
    a jacket hanging to the waist and cut square at the bottom
    a woman's fitted jacket
    a tight sleeveless and collarless jacket (often made of leather) worn by men in former times
    a loose jacket or blouse worn by workmen
    lumber jacket, lumberjack
    a short warm outer jacket
    mac, macintosh, mack, mackintosh
    a waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric
    Mao jacket
    a light weight jacket with a high collar; worn by Mao Zedong and the Chinese people during his regime
    mess jacket, monkey jacket, shell jacket
    waist-length jacket tapering to a point at the back; worn by officers in the mess for formal dinners
    mink, mink coat
    fur coat made from the soft lustrous fur of minks
    Norfolk jacket
    loose-fitting single-breasted jacket
    anorak, parka, windbreaker, windcheater
    a kind of heavy hooded jacket
    pea jacket, peacoat
    a sailor's heavy woolen double-breasted jacket
    Prince Albert
    a man's double-breasted frock coat
    sable coat
    a fur coat made of sable furs
    sack, sacque
    a woman's full loose hiplength jacket
    single-breasted jacket
    a jacket having fronts that overlap only enough for a single row of buttons
    a man's overcoat in the style of a frock coat
    morning coat, swallow-tailed coat, swallowtail
    a man's full-dress jacket with two long tapering tails at the back
    trench coat
    a military style raincoat; belted with deep pockets
    loose long overcoat of heavy fabric; usually belted
    type of:
    outer garment, overgarment
    a garment worn over other garments
  2. noun
    a thin layer covering something
    “a second coat of paint”
    synonyms: coating
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    a protective coating of asphalt and filter used on structural metals that are exposed to weathering
    coat of paint
    a layer of paint covering something else
    emulsion, photographic emulsion
    a light-sensitive coating on paper or film; consists of fine grains of silver bromide suspended in a gelatin
    any smooth glossy coating that resembles ceramic glaze
    facing, veneer
    an ornamental coating to a building
    finish coat, finishing coat
    the final coating of plaster applied to walls and ceilings
    gilding, gilt
    a coating of gold or of something that looks like gold
    a hard glossy coating
    overcoat, overcoating
    an additional protective coating (as of paint or varnish)
    paint, pigment
    a substance used as a coating to protect or decorate a surface (especially a mixture of pigment suspended in a liquid); dries to form a hard coating
    a fine coating of oxide on the surface of a metal
    metal plating, plating
    a thin coating of metal deposited on a surface
    a coat of stucco applied to a masonry wall
    a finishing coat applied to exclude moisture
    a coating that provides a hard, lustrous, transparent finish to a surface
    veneer, veneering
    coating consisting of a thin layer of superior wood glued to a base of inferior wood
    a coating capable of making a surface waterproof
    a thin or superficial layer on the surface of something
    acrylic, acrylic paint
    used especially by artists
    antifouling paint
    a paint used to protect against the accumulation of barnacles etc. on underwater surfaces
    coat of paint
    a layer of paint covering something else
    paint made by mixing the pigments with water and a binder
    a paint that dries to a hard glossy finish
    a paint consisting of pigment mixed with melted beeswax; it is fixed with heat after application
    finger paint, fingerpaint
    paint that has the consistency of jelly
    finish coat, finishing coat
    the final coat of paint
    a varnish dissolved in alcohol and sprayed over pictures to prevent smudging
    flat coat, ground, primer, primer coat, priming, priming coat, undercoat
    the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
    gold plate
    a thin plating of gold on something
    house paint, housepaint
    paint used to cover the exterior woodwork of a house
    lacquer with a durable glossy black finish, originally from the orient
    nail enamel, nail polish, nail varnish
    a cosmetic lacquer that dries quickly and that is applied to the nails to color them or make them shiny
    oil paint
    paint in which a drying oil is the vehicle
    a paint that dries with a finish between glossy and flat
    shellac, shellac varnish
    a thin varnish made by dissolving lac in ethanol; used to finish wood
    silver plate
    a thin layer of silver deposited on something
    spray paint
    paint applied with a spray gun
    undercoat, underseal
    seal consisting of a coating of a tar or rubberlike material on the underside of a motor vehicle to retard corrosion
    a green patina that forms on copper or brass or bronze that has been exposed to the air or water for long periods of time
    water-base paint
    paint in which water is used as the vehicle
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    an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
  3. noun
    growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal
    synonyms: pelage
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    dense coat of fine silky hairs on mammals (e.g., cat or seal or weasel)
    fleece, wool
    outer coat of especially sheep and yaks
    undercoat, underfur
    thick soft fur lying beneath the longer and coarser guard hair
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    a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss
  4. verb
    cover or provide with a coat
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    apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
    provide with clothes or put clothes on
  5. verb
    put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface
    coat the cake with chocolate”
    synonyms: surface
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    rubber, rubberise, rubberize
    coat or impregnate with rubber
    anodise, anodize
    coat a metal with an oxide coat
    coat with gelatin
    coat (a liquid) with a layer
    coat with stucco
    coat with beaten egg
    encrust, incrust
    cover or coat with a crust
    cover before cooking
    coat with soot
    give a new surface
    brush on
    apply with a brush
    patinate, patinise, patinize
    coat with a patina
    cover with a new surface
    coat with bread crumbs
    coat with a layer of copper
    provide with a finish
    bonderise, bonderize
    coat with a substance that will prevent corrosion
    coat with blacktop
    coat or back with metal foil
    galvanise, galvanize
    cover with zinc
    cover with a material such as stone or concrete to make suitable for vehicle traffic
    seal, varnish
    cover with varnish
    coat with a glaze
    coat with tar
    provide with a coating
    daub, plaster
    coat with plaster
    coat with plastic or cement
    coat with a mixture of gypsum and spackle
    apply paint to; coat with paint
    cover or coat with cement
    cover with a grit
    coat with a layer of metal
    cover with metal
    macadamise, macadamize, tarmac
    surface with macadam
    cover or stiffen or glaze a porous material with size or sizing (a glutinous substance)
    metalize, metallize
    coat with metal
    coat with metallic platinum
    coat with porcelain or a porcelain-like surface
    coat or cover with zinc
    prepare (a metal) for soldering or brazing by applying a thin layer of solder to the surface
    cover with flour
    put a finish on
    finish with a broom
    cobble, cobblestone
    pave with cobblestones
    hard surface
    cover with asphalt or a similar surface
    pave a road with cobblestones or pebbles
    cover with tar or asphalt
    shellac, shellack
    cover with shellac
    cover with two coats of plaster
    apply ornamental plaster to
    apply roughcast to
    plaster with mud
    plaster with mortar
    paint (a surface) to make it look like stone or wood
    paint again
    paint with an airbrush
    ground, prime, undercoat
    cover with a primer; apply a primer to
    plate with tin
    coat with a layer of silver or a silver amalgam
    plate with nickel
    coat with metal by electrolysis
    chrome, chromium-plate
    plate with chromium
    gold plate, gold-plate, goldplate
    plate with gold
    silver-plate, silverplate
    plate with silver
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    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  6. verb
    form a coat over
    “Dirt had coated her face”
    synonyms: cake
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    cover, spread over
    form a cover over




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