from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sleeved outer garment extending from the shoulders to the waist or below.
- n. A garment extending to just below the waist and usually forming the top part of a suit.
- n. A natural outer covering, such as the fur of an animal; an integument.
- n. A layer of material covering something else; a coating: a second coat of paint.
- transitive v. To provide or cover with a coat.
- transitive v. To cover with a layer, as of paint.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An outer garment covering the upper torso and arms.
- n. A covering of material, such as paint.
- n. The fur or feathers of animal.
- n. 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)
- v. To cover with a coat of some material
- v. To cover as a coat.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An outer garment fitting the upper part of the body; especially, such a garment worn by men.
- n. A petticoat.
- n. The habit or vesture of an order of men, indicating the order or office; cloth.
- n. An external covering like a garment, as fur, skin, wool, husk, or bark.
- n. A layer of any substance covering another; a cover; a tegument.
- n. Same as Coat of arms. See below.
- n. A coat card. See below.
- transitive v. To cover with a coat or outer garment.
- transitive v. To cover with a layer of any substance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variant spelling of cote.
- n. A principal outer garment; any covering for the body.
- n. An outer or upper garment worn by men, covering the upper part of the body.
- n. A woman's outdoor garment resembling a man's coat in material and make.
- n. An under garment for the upper part of the body, fitting somewhat closely; a tunic or shirt.
- n. A petticoat.
- n. The habit or vesture of an order or class of men, and hence the order or class itself, or the office or station peculiar to the order; cloth.
- n. The external natural covering of an animal, as hair, fur, wool, etc.
- n. A thin layer of a substance covering a surface; a coating: as, a coat of paint, pitch, or varnish; a coat of tinfoil.
- n. One of a number of concentric layers: as, the coats of an onion.
- n. In anatomy, a tunic or membranous covering of some part or organ: as, the coats of the eye.
- n. Nautical, a piece of tarred or painted canvas fitted about the masts at the partuers, about the rudder-casing, and around the pumps where they pass through the upper deck, to keep the water from working down. See mast-coat.
- n. A coat-card.
- n. In heraldry, a coat of arms or an achievement: used in a general sense.
- n. Same as coat-money.
- n. A coat of mail.
- n. A surcoat or tabard embroidered with armorial bearings, such as in modern times is worn only by a herald of arms on rare ceremonial occasions. It is a survival of the medieval surcoat. (which see).
- n. In a more general sense, any defensive garment for the body, quilted with small plates, rings, or scales of iron. (See gambeson and broigne.) The use of the term to denote plate-armor is erroneous.
- To cover with a coat or outer garment; cover or protect as with a coat.
- To overspread with a coating or layer of another substance: as, to coat something with wax or tin-foil.
- n. A somewhat similar jacket worn by women.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. form a coat over
- n. a thin layer covering something
- v. put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface
- v. cover or provide with a coat
- n. growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal
- n. an outer garment that has sleeves and covers the body from shoulder down; worn outdoors
Middle English cote, from Old French, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English coate, cotte, from Old French cote, cotte ("outer garmet with sleeves"), from Old Frankish *kotta (“coat”), from Proto-Germanic *kuttô, *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"). (Wiktionary)