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Definition of coat noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 a piece of outdoor clothing that is worn over other clothes to keep warm or dry. Coats have sleeves and may be long or short a fur/leather coat a long winter coat to put on/take off your coat see also duffel coat, housecoat, overcoat, petticoat, raincoat, trench coat
  2. 2 a jacket that is worn as part of a suit see also frock coat, tailcoat, waistcoat
  3. 3the fur, hair, or wool that covers an animal's body a dog with a smooth/shaggy coat animals in their winter coats (= grown long for extra warmth)
  4. 4a layer of paint or some other substance that covers a surface to give the walls a second coat of paint see also topcoat, undercoat
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: coat