coat

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
    coatee
    a short close-fitting coat
    cutaway
    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
    jacket
    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
    newmarket
    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
    surcoat
    a loose outer coat usually of rich material
    topper
    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
    bolero
    a short jacket; worn mostly by women
    bomber jacket
    a jacket gathered into a band at the waist
    Burberry
    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
    chesterfield
    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
    doublet
    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
    hug-me-tight
    a woman's fitted jacket
    jerkin
    a tight sleeveless and collarless jacket (often made of leather) worn by men in former times
    jumper
    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 jacket (`windcheater' is a British term)
    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
    surtout
    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
    ulster
    loose long overcoat of heavy fabric; usually belted
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    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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    bitumastic
    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
    enamel
    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
    lacquer
    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
    patina
    a fine coating of oxide on the surface of a metal
    metal plating, plating
    a thin coating of metal deposited on a surface
    rendering
    a coat of stucco applied to a masonry wall
    seal
    a finishing coat applied to exclude moisture
    varnish
    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
    waterproofing
    a coating capable of making a surface waterproof
    acrylic, acrylic paint
    used especially by artists
    antifouling paint
    a paint used to protect against the accumulation of barnacles etc. on underwater surfaces
    distemper
    paint made by mixing the pigments with water and a binder
    enamel
    a paint that dries to a hard glossy finish
    encaustic
    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
    fixative
    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
    japan
    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
    semigloss
    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
    verdigris
    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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    covering
    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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    fur
    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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    hair
    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
    gelatinize
    coat with gelatin
    skim
    coat (a liquid) with a layer
    stucco
    coat with stucco
    egg
    coat with beaten egg
    encrust, incrust
    cover or coat with a crust
    dredge
    cover before cooking
    soot
    coat with soot
    refinish
    give a new surface
    brush on
    apply with a brush
    patinate, patinise, patinize
    coat with a patina
    resurface
    cover with a new surface
    crumb
    coat with bread crumbs
    copper
    coat with a layer of copper
    finish
    provide with a finish
    bonderise, bonderize
    coat with a substance that will prevent corrosion
    blacktop
    coat with blacktop
    foliate
    coat or back with metal foil
    galvanise, galvanize
    cover with zinc
    pave
    cover with a material such as stone or concrete to make suitable for vehicle traffic
    seal, varnish
    cover with varnish
    glaze
    coat with a glaze
    tar
    coat with tar
    enrobe
    provide with a coating
    daub, plaster
    coat with plaster
    render
    coat with plastic or cement
    skimcoat
    coat with a mixture of gypsum and spackle
    paint
    apply paint to; coat with paint
    cement
    cover or coat with cement
    grit
    cover with a grit
    plate
    coat with a layer of metal
    metal
    cover with metal
    macadamise, macadamize, tarmac
    surface with macadam
    size
    cover or stiffen or glaze a porous material with size or sizing (a glutinous substance)
    metalize, metallize
    coat with metal
    platinize
    coat with metallic platinum
    porcelainize
    coat with porcelain or a porcelain-like surface
    zinc
    coat or cover with zinc
    tin
    prepare (a metal) for soldering or brazing by applying a thin layer of solder to the surface
    flour
    cover with flour
    dress
    put a finish on
    broom
    finish with a broom
    cobble, cobblestone
    pave with cobblestones
    hard surface
    cover with asphalt or a similar surface
    causeway
    pave a road with cobblestones or pebbles
    asphalt
    cover with tar or asphalt
    shellac, shellack
    cover with shellac
    render-set
    cover with two coats of plaster
    parget
    apply ornamental plaster to
    roughcast
    apply roughcast to
    mud
    plaster with mud
    mortar
    plaster with mortar
    grain
    paint (a surface) to make it look like stone or wood
    repaint
    paint again
    airbrush
    paint with an airbrush
    ground, prime, undercoat
    cover with a primer; apply a primer to
    tin
    plate with tin
    silver
    coat with a layer of silver or a silver amalgam
    nickel
    plate with nickel
    electroplate
    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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    cover
    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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