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Meaning of coat by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Navy pea coat

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    From Middle English coate, cotte, from Old French cote, cotte ( “outer garmet with sleeves” ), from Old Frankish *kotta ( “coat” ), from Proto-Germanic *kuttō, *kuttōn ( “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” ) .


    • Rhymes: -əʊt


    coat ( countable and uncountable; plural: coats )

    1. ( countable ) An outer garment covering the upper torso and arms .
    2. ( countable ) A covering of material, such as paint .
    3. ( countable ) The fur or feathers of animal .
    4. ( 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 )

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Explanation of coat by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. cover or provide with a coat

    2. form a coat over

    3. Dirt had coated her face
    4. put a coat on

    5. coat the cake with chocolate
    1. growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal

    2. an outer garment that has sleeves and covers the body from shoulder down

    3. a thin layer covering something

    4. a second coat of paint

    Definition of coat by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Coat ( kōt; 110 ), n. [OF. cote, F. cotte, petticoat, cotte d'armes coat of arms, cotte de mailles coat of mail, LL. cota, cotta, tunic, prob. of German origin; cf. OHG. chozzo coarse mantle, G. klotze, D. kot, hut, E. cot. Cf. Cot a hut.]
      1. An outer garment fitting the upper part of the body; especially, such a garment worn by men.

      Let each

      His adamantine coat gird well. Milton.

      2. A petticoat. [Obs.] “A child in coats.” Locke.

      3. The habit or vesture of an order of men, indicating the order or office; cloth.

      Men of his coat should be minding their prayers. Swift.

      She was sought by spirits of richest coat. Shak.

      4. An external covering like a garment, as fur, skin, wool, husk, or bark; as, “the horses coats were sleek”.

      Fruit of all kinds, in coat

      Rough or smooth rined, or bearded husk, or shell. Milton.

      5. A layer of any substance covering another; a cover; a tegument; as, “the coats of the eye; the coats of an onion; a coat of tar or varnish”.

      6. Same as Coat of arms. See below.

      Hark, countrymen! either renew the fight,

      Or tear the lions out of England's coat. Shak.

      7. A coat card. See below. [Obs.]

      Here's a trick of discarded cards of us! We were ranked with coats as long as old master lived. Massinger.

      Coat armor. See under Armor. -- Coat of arms ( Her. ), a translation of the French cotte d'armes, a garment of light material worn over the armor in the 15th and 16th centuries. This was often charged with the heraldic bearings of the wearer. Hence, an heraldic achievement; the bearings of any person, taken together. -- Coat card, a card bearing a coated figure; the king, queen, or knave of playing cards. “‘I am a coat card indeed.' ‘Then thou must needs be a knave, for thou art neither king nor queen.'” Rowley. -- Coat link, a pair of buttons or studs joined by a link, to hold together the lappels of a double-breasted coat; or a button with a loop for a single-breasted coat. -- Coat of mail, a defensive garment of chain mail. See Chain mail, under Chain. -- Mast coat ( Naut. ), a piece of canvas nailed around a mast, where it passes through the deck, to prevent water from getting below. -- Sail coat ( Naut. ), a canvas cover laced over furled sails, and the like, to keep them dry and clean.

    2. Coat ( kōt ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coated; p. pr. & vb. n. Coating.]
      1. To cover with a coat or outer garment.

      2. To cover with a layer of any substance; as, “to coat a jar with tin foil; to coat a ceiling”.