Last modified on 7 July 2014, at 09:52


Navy pea coat

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From Middle English coate, cotte, from Old French cote, cotte (outer garment with sleeves), from Old Frankish *kotta (coat), from Proto-Germanic *kuttô, *kuttǭ (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 (beûdos, woman's attire).



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.
    • Milton
      Fruit of all kinds, in coat / Rough or smooth rined, or bearded husk, or shell.
  3. (countable) The fur or feathers covering an animal's skin.
    When the dog shed its coat, it left hair all over the furniture and the carpet.
  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)
  5. (obsolete) A petticoat.
    • John Locke
      a child in coats
  6. The habit or vesture of an order of men, indicating the order or office; cloth.
    • Jonathan Swift
      Men of his coat should be minding their prayers.
    • Shakespeare
      She was sought by spirits of richest coat.
  7. A coat of arms.
    • Shakespeare
      Hark, countrymen! either renew the fight, / Or tear the lions out of England's coat.
  8. A coat card.
    • Massinger
      Here's a trick of discarded cards of us! We were ranked with coats as long as old master lived.

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coat (third-person singular simple present coats, present participle coating, simple past and past participle coated)

  1. To cover with a coat of some material
    One can buy coated frying pans, which are much easier to wash up than normal ones.
  2. To cover as a coat.