from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A motorbus.
  • n. A railroad passenger car.
  • n. A closed automobile, usually with two doors.
  • n. A large, closed, four-wheeled carriage with an elevated exterior seat for the driver; a stagecoach.
  • n. An economical class of passenger accommodations on a commercial airplane or a train.
  • n. Sports A person who trains or directs athletes or athletic teams.
  • n. A person who gives instruction, as in singing or acting.
  • n. A private tutor employed to prepare a student for an examination.
  • transitive v. To train or tutor or to act as a trainer or tutor.
  • transitive v. To transport by or ride in a coach.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power.
  • n. A railroad car drawn by a locomotive.
  • n. A trainer or instructor.
  • n. A single decked long-distance, or privately hired bus.
  • n. The forward part of the cabin space under the poop deck of a sailing ship; the fore-cabin under the quarter deck.
  • n. That part of a commercial passenger airplane reserved for those paying standard fare.
  • v. To train.
  • v. To instruct.
  • v. To travel in a coach (sometimes coach it).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large, closed, four-wheeled carriage, having doors in the sides, and generally a front and back seat inside, each for two persons, and an elevated outside seat in front for the driver.
  • n. A special tutor who assists in preparing a student for examination.
  • n. A cabin on the after part of the quarter-deck, usually occupied by the captain.
  • n. A first-class passenger car, as distinguished from a drawing-room car, sleeping car, etc. It is sometimes loosely applied to any passenger car.
  • n. One who coaches
  • intransitive v. To drive or to ride in a coach; -- sometimes used with.
  • transitive v. To convey in a coach.
  • transitive v. To prepare for public examination by private instruction; to train by special instruction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put in a coach; convey in a coach.
  • To run over with a coach.
  • To tutor; give private instruction to; especially, to instruct or train for a special examination or a contest: as, to coach a student for a college examinationl to coach a boat's crew; to coach a new hand in his duties.
  • To capture (wild cattle or horses) with the help of a tame bullock or horse as a decoy: see coach, n., 6.
  • n. A four-wheeled close vehicle of considerable size; originally, a finely built covered carriage for private use; now, any large inclosed vehicle with the body hung on easy springs, especially one for public conveyance of passengers: as, a stage-coach. See mail-coach, tally-ho.
  • n. A passenger-car on a railroad. See railroad-car.
  • n. An apartment in a large ship of war, near the stern and beneath the poop-deck, usually occupied by the captain.
  • n. A private tutor, especially one employed in preparing for a particular examination.
  • n. A person employed to train a boat's crew or other athletes for a contest.
  • n. The bone of the upper jaw of the sperm-whale. Also called sleigh. C. M. Scammon.
  • n. In base-ball one of the players belonging to the side at the bat who takes his position near either first or third base and advises the base-runner when to run.
  • n. A tame bullock or horse used as a decoy in capturing wild cattle or horses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. teach and supervise (someone); act as a trainer or coach (to), as in sports
  • n. a person who gives private instruction (as in singing, acting, etc.)
  • n. (sports) someone in charge of training an athlete or a team
  • n. a railcar where passengers ride
  • n. a vehicle carrying many passengers; used for public transport
  • v. drive a coach
  • n. a carriage pulled by four horses with one driver


French coche, from obsolete German Kotsche, from Hungarian kocsi, after Kocs, a town of northwest Hungary (where such carriages were first made).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French coche, from German Kutsche, from Hungarian kocsi. According to historians, the coach was named after the small Hungarian town of Kocs, which made a livelihood from cart building and transport between Vienna and Budapest. (Wiktionary)



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  • "A four-wheeled close vehicle of considerable size; originally, a finely built covered carriage for private use; now, any large inclosed vehicle with the body hung on easy springs, especially one for public conveyance of passengers: as, a stage-coach. See mail-coach, tally-ho."

    --Cent. Dict.

    June 28, 2012

  • When I was growing up, coach meaning a form of transport was in little use in Australia. It was bus or nothing. But I used to read British soccer magazines and was aware of the following hoary joke. To my amazement, I watched and winced as it was delivered by hotshot manager Tommy Docherty, imported from Britain by the South Melbourne club. Picture TD at the end of his first training session, the media eagerly awaiting a precious gem of evaluation of his new team:-
    TD: Well, I've come all the way here because I was told you need a new coach.
    Team: *murmurs*
    TD: After having seen you lot train today, I can tell you. It's not a coach you need, it's a hearse.
    Team: *bewilderment*

    May 27, 2009

  • Originally (1500s) a kind of wagon named from Kocs in Hungary. A little before 1850 it is known in its other modern meaning: a person who trains you in your studies. (The sporting help came a bit later.) This was university slang, but the OED gives no clue as to what the bridge between the two senses might be. Study conceived as driving towards a destination with an experienced driver?

    May 27, 2009

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    February 27, 2009