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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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Examples from the web for overcoat
  • The belted overcoat with its nipped-in waist and flared hemline is the coat to beat at the moment.
  • He was a distinguished gentleman in a blue overcoat and white skullcap.
  • He wore a dark overcoat with a large silver cross around his neck.
  • Wear lots of warm clothes, plus overcoat indoors in winter.
  • Encased in a blue mesh overcoat that surrounds it from base to tip, it looks as though it has put on weight.
  • The first fellow takes his money, his jewelry and his shoes and overcoat.
  • He wore a light suit, a soft brown hat and a tweed overcoat.
  • His tie was askew and he wore a sloppy white shirt, saggy pants, and a wrinkled greenish-grey overcoat.
  • Of a sudden he forgot all about being a quiet old farm hand and throwing off the torn overcoat began to run across the field.
  • The overcoat he wore was wet from the rain and drops of water kept falling with a soft thump on the floor.
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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