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From Middle English cote, coate, cotte, from Old French cote, cotte (outer garment with sleeves), from Latin cotta (undercoat, tunic), from Proto-Germanic *kuttô, *kuttǭ (cowl, woolen cloth, coat), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷewd-, *gud- (woolen clothes).

Cognate with Old High German kozza, kozzo (woolen coat) (German Kotze (coarse woolen blanket; woolen cape)), 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.Wp
    • 1906, Stanley J[ohn] Weyman, chapter I, in Chippinge Borough, New York, N.Y.: McClure, Phillips & Co., OCLC 580270828, page 01:
      It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. He wore shepherd's plaid trousers and the swallow-tail coat of the day, with a figured muslin cravat wound about his wide-spread collar.
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in An Autobiography, part II, London: Collins, →ISBN:
      Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. [] Frills, ruffles, flounces, lace, complicated seams and gores: not only did they sweep the ground and have to be held up in one hand elegantly as you walked along, but they had little capes or coats or feather boas.
  2. (countable) A covering of material, such as paint.Wp
  3. (countable) The fur or feathers covering an animal's skin.Wp
    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.
  6. The habit or vesture of an order of men, indicating the order or office; cloth.
  7. A coat of arms.Wp
  8. A coat card.

Derived termsEdit


  • Sranan Tongo: koto
  • (South Wales) Welsh: cot
  • (North Wales) Welsh: côt


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

  1. (transitive) To cover with a coating of some material.
    The frying pan was coated with a layer of non-stick material, making it easier to wash.
    • 2021 January 13, “Fleet News: Final Avanti West Coast Super Voyager refurbished”, in RAIL, issue 922, page 23:
      Door grab handles have been coated with an anti-microbial finish.
  2. (transitive) To cover like a coat.
  3. (transitive, archaic) To clothe.