Coat (?; 110), n. [OF. cote, F. cotte, petticoat, cotte d'armes coat of arms, cotte de mailles coat of mail, LL. cota, cotta, tunic, prob. of German origin; cf. OHG. chozzo coarse mantle, G. klotze, D. kot, hut, E. cot. Cf. Cot a hut.]


An outer garment fitting the upper part of the body; especially, such a garment worn by men.

Let each His adamantine coat gird well. Milton.


A petticoat.

[Obs.] "A child in coats."



The habit or vesture of an order of men, indicating the order or office; cloth.

Men of his coat should be minding their prayers. Swift.

She was sought by spirits of richest coat. Shak.


An external covering like a garment, as fur, skin, wool, husk, or bark; as, the horses coats were sleek.

Fruit of all kinds, in coat Rough or smooth rined, or bearded husk, or shell. Milton.


A layer of any substance covering another; a cover; a tegument; as, the coats of the eye; the coats of an onion; a coat of tar or varnish.


Same as Coat of arms. See below.

Hark, countrymen! either renew the fight, Or tear the lions out of England's coat. Shak.


A coat card. See below.


Here's a trick of discarded cards of us! We were ranked with coats as long as old master lived. Massinger.

Coat armor. See under Armor. -- Coat of arms Her., a translation of the French cotte d'armes, a garment of light material worn over the armor in the 15th and 16th centuries. This was often charged with the heraldic bearings of the wearer. Hence, an heraldic achievement; the bearings of any person, taken together. -- Coat card, a card bearing a coated figure; the king, queen, or knave of playing cards. "�xbf;I am a coat card indeed.' �xbf;Then thou must needs be a knave, for thou art neither king nor queen.'" Rowley. -- Coat link, a pair of buttons or studs joined by a link, to hold together the lappels of a double-breasted coat; or a button with a loop for a single-breasted coat. -- Coat of mail, a defensive garment of chain mail. See Chain mail, under Chain. -- Mast coat Naut., a piece of canvas nailed around a mast, where it passes through the deck, to prevent water from getting below. -- Sail coat Naut., a canvas cover laced over furled sails, and the like, to keep them dry and clean.


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Coat (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coated; p. pr. & vb. n. Coating.]


To cover with a coat or outer garment.


To cover with a layer of any substance; as, to coat a jar with tin foil; to coat a ceiling.


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