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[n. oh-ver-koht; v. oh-ver-koht, oh-ver-koht] /n. ˈoʊ vərˌkoʊt; v. ˌoʊ vərˈkoʊt, ˈoʊ vərˌkoʊt/
a coat worn over the ordinary indoor clothing, as in cold weather.
Also called overcoating. an added coating, as of paint, applied for protection.
verb (used with object)
to apply an additional coat of paint to (a surface).
Origin of overcoat
1795-1805; over- + coat

Overcoat, The

a short story (1842) by Gogol. Unabridged
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  • Your overcoat will conceal it in the street, and at the office the older the clothes the better.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • He threw his overcoat into a chair, and touched the brass knobs behind the door.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Half an hour he talked to me in the vain endeavour to talk me out of the overcoat.

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • Alexander put on his overcoat and took the superintendent by the arm.

    Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
  • And, Steelman's heart being warmed by his successes, he lent the overcoat.

    While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson
  • And, seeing that Claude was putting on his overcoat again, he asked: 'Are you going?'

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • He turned quickly, snatched his overcoat from a nail in the hall and put it on.

British Dictionary definitions for overcoat


a warm heavy coat worn over the outer clothes in cold weather
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Word Origin and History for overcoat

"large coat worn over ordinary clothing," 1802, from over- + coat (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for overcoat



A parachute (WWII Air Forces)

Related Terms

chicago overcoat, pine overcoat

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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