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)
- (countable) An outer garment covering the upper torso and arms.
- (countable) A covering of material, such as paint.
- (countable) The fur or feathers covering an animal's skin.
- (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).
- (obsolete) A petticoat.
- The habit or vesture of an order of men, indicating the order or office; cloth.
- A coat of arms.
- A coat card.
coat (third-person singular simple present coats, present participle coating, simple past and past participle coated)
- (transitive) To cover with a coating of some material.
- (transitive) To cover like a coat.
- (transitive, archaic) To clothe.