Meaning of COACH in English


I. coach 1 S3 W2 /kəʊtʃ $ koʊtʃ/ BrE AmE noun

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: French ; Origin: coche , from German kutsche , probably from Hungarian kocsi (szeker) 'carriage from Kocs' , from Kocs village in Hungary; ]

[ Sense 1-2: Origin: because a trainer 'drives' students through their tests ]

1 . SPORT [countable] someone who trains a person or team in a sport:

a tennis coach

the Norwegian national coach

2 . HELP FOR EXAM [countable] especially British English someone who gives private lessons to someone in a particular subject, especially so that they can pass an examination

3 . BUS [countable] British English a bus with comfortable seats used for long journeys SYN bus American English

by coach

We went to Paris by coach.

on a coach

She’s going to Grimsby on a coach.

a coach trip to Scotland

The restaurant was full of coach parties (=groups of people travelling together on a coach) .

4 . TRAIN [countable] British English one of the parts of the train in which the passengers sit SYN car American English

5 . HORSES [countable] a large carriage pulled by horses and used in the past for carrying passengers

6 . IN PLANE/TRAIN [uncountable] American English the cheapest type of seats on a plane or train:

We flew coach out to Atlanta.

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 1)

■ types of coach

▪ a football/basketball/tennis etc coach

Jody became the women’s basketball coach.

▪ the head coach (=the coach in charge of a team)

Jim is head coach of the Dallas Mavericks.

▪ an assistant coach

He took a job as an assistant coach at the college.

▪ a national coach (=for a team that represents a whole country)

Davies was the national coach up to the 1995 World Cup.

▪ the team coach

He’s the youth team coach.

▪ a top coach (=a very good one)

He’s one of America’s top coaches.

▪ a professional coach (=one whose job is teaching a sport)

The tennis club has a professional coach.

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 3)

■ types of coach

▪ an express coach (=travelling quickly without stopping much)

Express coach services run throughout the day.

▪ a passenger coach

The company had thirty-five new passenger coaches.

▪ a tourist coach

A huge number of tourist coaches visit the site.

▪ an air-conditioned coach

Travel is by air-conditioned coach.

■ verbs

▪ go/travel by coach

We spent three days travelling by coach across France.

▪ get on/get off a coach

A group of tourists were getting on the coach.

▪ board a coach formal (=get on one)

When everyone was there, we boarded the coach for the journey home.

■ coach + NOUN

▪ a coach trip

The two-night coach trip to Paris will cost £149.

▪ a coach tour

How about going on a coach tour around Europe this year?

▪ a coach excursion (=a relatively short coach journey to visit a place)

There are coach excursions to the great classical site at Ephesus.

▪ a coach party (=a group of people who travel by coach)

We’re organizing a coach party to the theatre.

▪ a coach driver

He worked as a part-time coach driver.

▪ a coach station

You will go from Victoria Coach Station to Amsterdam.

▪ a coach service

Our express coach service goes to the South of France and Costa Brava.

▪ coach travel

The advantage of coach travel is that it’s relatively cheap.

II. coach 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

1 . to teach a person or team the skills they need for a sport SYN train ⇨ coaching :

Nigel coaches a cricket team in his spare time.

2 . especially British English to give someone private lessons in a particular subject, especially so that they can pass an important test ⇨ coaching

coach somebody in/for something

The child was coached for stardom by her mother.

3 . to help someone prepare what they should say or do in a particular situation – used to show disapproval ⇨ coaching

coach somebody in/on something

The girl must have been carefully coached in what to say in court.

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▪ teach to give lessons in a school, college, or university:

I taught for a year in France.


He teaches physics at York University.

▪ lecture to teach in a college or university by giving talks to groups of students on a subject:

He lectures in engineering at a local college.

▪ instruct formal to teach someone how to do something, especially a particular practical skill:

He was instructing them how to use the computer system.


Staff are instructed in how to respond in the event of a fire.

▪ tutor to teach one student or a small group:

I found work tutoring Mexican students in English.

▪ coach especially British English to give private lessons, especially so that someone can pass an important test:

He coaches students for their university entrance exams.

▪ train to teach a person or group of people in the particular skills or knowledge they need to do a job:

It will take at least a month to train the new assistant.

▪ educate to teach someone over a long period, usually at school or university:

He was educated in England.


Her parents want to educate her at home.

▪ show somebody the ropes informal to show someone how to do a job or task that they have just started doing:

Miss McGinley will show you the ropes and answer any questions you may have.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.