Meaning of COACH in English


/ kəʊtʃ; NAmE koʊtʃ/ noun , verb

■ noun


[ C ] a person who trains a person or team in sport :

a basketball / football / tennis, etc. coach

Italy's national coach


[ C ] ( BrE ) a person who gives private lessons to sb, often to prepare them for an exam :

a maths coach


[ C ] = life coach


[ C ] ( BrE ) a comfortable bus for carrying passengers over long distances :

They went to Italy on a coach tour .

Travel is by coach overnight to Berlin.

a coach station (= where coaches start and end their journey)

a coach party (= a group of people travelling together on a coach)


[ C ] ( BrE ) = carriage :

a railway coach


[ C ] a large closed vehicle with four wheels, pulled by horses, used in the past for carrying passengers

—see also stagecoach


[ U ] ( NAmE ) the cheapest seats in a plane :

to fly coach

coach fares / passengers / seats


see drive verb

■ verb coach sb (in / for sth)


to train sb to play a sport, to do a job better, or to improve a skill :

[ vn ]

Her father coached her for the Olympics.

She has coached hundreds of young singers.

He coaches basketball and soccer.

[also vn to inf ]


[ vn ] ( especially BrE ) to give a student extra teaching in a particular subject especially so that they will pass an exam


coach sb (in / on sth) to give sb special instructions for what they should do or say in a particular situation :

[ vn ]

They believed the witnesses had been coached on what to say.

[also vn to inf ]



noun senses 3 to 7 mid 16th cent. (in sense 6): from French coche , from Hungarian kocsi (szekér) (wagon) from Kocs , a town in Hungary.

noun senses 1 to 3 and verb early 18th cent. (as a verb): figuratively from coach referring to a vehicle.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.