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Coat appears in the following tongue twister:

  • If coloured caterpillars could change their colours constantly could they keep their coloured coat coloured properly?

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun coat:

conversational speech89.63%task-oriented speech10.37%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun coat:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb coat:


The word coat is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun coat

What does coat mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: coats

  1. an outer garment that has sleeves and covers the body from shoulder down; worn outdoors
  2. a thin layer covering something
    • example: a second coat of paint
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of coat: coating
    • more generic word: covering = an artifact that covers something else
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
      • photographic emulsion / emulsion = a light-sensitive coating on paper or film
      • enamel = any smooth glossy coating that resembles ceramic glaze
      • facing / veneer = an ornamental coating to a building
      • finishing coat / finish coat = the final coating of
      • gilding / gilt = a coating of gold or of something that looks like gold
      • lacquer = a hard glossy coating
      • overcoating / overcoat = an additional protective coating
      • pigment / paint = a substance used as a coating to protect or decorate a surface
      • patina = a fine coating of oxide (produced by oxidation over a long period of time) on the surface of a metal
      • patina = a gloss or sheen on wooden furniture produced by age, polishing, or handling
      • patina = an acquired change in the appearance of something
      • 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
      • veneering / veneer = 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
  3. growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • synonym of coat: pelage
    • more generic word: hair = a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures
    • more specific words:
      • fur = dense coat of fine silky hairs on mammals
      • fleece / wool = outer coat of especially sheep and yaks
    • part of: mammal / mammalian = any warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin more or less covered with hair

Alternative definition of the noun coat


  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. [context: 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)

Definition of the verb coat

What does coat mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: coated | coating | coats

  1. put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface
  2. cover or provide with a coat
  3. form a coat over
    • examples: Dirt had coated her face | Dust and dirt coat the area
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of coat: cake
    • more generic terms: cover / spread over = form a cover over

Alternative definition of the verb coat


  1. To cover with a coat of some material
  2. To cover as a coat.


"Coat" a.k.a. "The Coat" is a 2007 animation short film written and directed by Orlanda Laforêt.


  1. Coat: A coat is a long garment worn by both men and women, for warmth or fashion. Coats typically have long sleeves and are open down the front, closing by means of buttons, zippers, hook-and-loop fasteners, toggles, a belt, or a combination of some of these. Other possible features include collars and shoulder straps.
  2. The coat of the domestic dog refers to the hair that covers its body. A dog's coat may be a double coat, made up of a soft undercoat and a coarser topcoat, or a single coat, which lacks an undercoat. Double coats have a top coat, made of stiff hairs to help repel water and shield from dirt, and an undercoat to serve as insulation. The terms fur and hair are often used interchangeably when describing a dog's coat, however in general, a double coat, e.g., like that of the Newfoundland and most mountain dogs, is referred to as a fur coat, while a single coat, like that of the Poodle, is referred to as a hair coat.
  3. Coat is the nature and quality of a mammal's pelage. It is important to the animal fancy in the judging of the animal, particularly at conformation dog shows, cat shows and horse shows. It may also be used as a standard to evaluate the quality of care and management used by the animal handler, such as in horse showmanship.

Phrases with Coat

Phrases starting with the word Coat:

  1. coat rack
  2. coat tree
  3. Coat Check
  4. coat stand

Phrases ending with the word Coat:

  1. to coat
  2. box coat
  3. Car coat
  4. fur coat
  5. lab coat
  6. Pea coat
  7. body coat
  8. dust coat
  9. flat coat
  10. mink coat
  11. sack coat
  12. seed coat
  13. tail coat
  14. dress coat
  15. frock coat
  16. Glaze Coat

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Coat

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Google previewThe Poultry Monthly (1895)

The coat is an element of importance to the breeder of to-day, and all agree that the short, sleek coat is the one desired, even though the wild hare...

Google previewCountry Life (1918)

The coat is a mixture of soft and wiry hair, not flat.

Google previewNaming and Believing (2012)

by G.W. Fitch

coat is a spy." The description 'the man with the dark glasses, red hair, blue shirt, and black coat is an indeterminate one. We need something like “in this bar, or “in this part of the bar,' or 'sitting next to us to make the description determinate, ...

Google previewThe Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island (2013)

by Mac Griswold

The bottom coat is that acid blue—green so fashionable in the mid-eighteenth century. The top coat is a modest biscuit color, emblematic of good taste, applied sometime in the 1840s, just before wall colors turned dark and Victorian.

Google previewCool Nail Art (2014)

30 Step-by-Step Designs to Rock Your Fingers and Toes by Hannah Lee

A base coat is a product made specifically to prolong the life of your manicure. A base coat protects your natural nail from staining, fills in lines to create a smooth surface and helps polish adhere to the nail. When you are finished with your ...

Google previewThe New Country Life (1918)

The coat is a mixture of soft and wiry hair, not flat.

Google previewMedical Lexicon. A New Dictionary of Medical Science, containing a concise account of the various subjects and terms, ... and formulae for ... preparations etc. Third edition (1865)

Tomes Gussuao'ss, ' granulnr coat.' An investment of the ovum exterior to the zona pellucida. described by Dr.

Google previewIllustrated Encyclopedia of World Costume (2011)

by Doreen Yarwood

Pierrot, late, seventeenth century Grey tweed frock coat and matching trousers, English, 1899 Sheepskin-lined. Clown, Pagliaccio, Pierrot A character called Pierro appeared on the Italian stage in a comedy by Castelletti in the 1540s.

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

COAT, n. s. & v. a. xtriiv ; Fr. cotte. An tipper garment, belonging generally to the male sex; the outside covering of animals; but extending to any integument, tunic, or covering; to whatever is placed in the exterior to preserve it either from decay ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Men's Wear ... with an Appendix Containing Sundry Useful Tables (1908)

The Uniforms of "ancient and Honorable" Independent Military Companies of the U. S.; Charts of Correct Dress, Livery, and So Forth by William Henry Baker

Coat label — (1) a l. of cotton or linen, usually sewed within the inside breast pocket, containing besides the tailor's name the name of the customer, date and number of order; (2) a woven silk 1. bearing the name and address of the maker, ...

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Quotes about Coat

Do not look at the coat, but at what is under the coat.
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Scrabble value of C3O1A1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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