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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.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Locke and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      a child in coats
  6. The habit or vesture of an order of men, indicating the order or office; cloth.
    • (Can we date this quote by Jonathan Swift and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Men of his coat should be minding their prayers.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, A Lover's Compaint
      She was sought by spirits of richest coat.
  7. A coat of arms.Wp
  8. A coat card.
    • (Can we date this quote by Philip Massinger and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Here's a trick of discarded cards of us! We were ranked with coats as long as old master lived.

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  • Sranan Tongo: koto


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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.
  2. (transitive) To cover like a coat.
  3. (transitive, archaic) To clothe.