Meaning of “coach” in the English Dictionary

"coach" in British English

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uk /kəʊtʃ/ us /koʊtʃ/

coach noun (TEACHER)

B1 someone whose job is to teach people to improve at a sport, skill, or school subject:

a tennis/maths coach

someone whose job is to train and organize a sports team:

Gus Poyet was appointed as head coach.

More examples

  • The coach issued a diktat that all team members must attend early-morning practice.
  • Our football coach has worked hard to inculcate a team spirit into the players.
  • The world's number one tennis player and his coach parted company earlier this month.
  • She's an excellent coach who knows how to get results.
  • We got a rollicking from the coach at half time.

coach noun (VEHICLE)

A2 [ C ] US usually bus a long motor vehicle with comfortable seats, used to take groups of people on journeys:

We're going to the airport by coach.
a coach trip

[ C ] an old-fashioned carriage pulled by horses, now used mainly in official or royal ceremonies

[ C ] UK UK also carriage, US car any of the separate parts of a train in which the passengeras sit

[ U ] US →  coach class

More examples

  • The teachers counted the students as they got on to the coach.
  • The coach has air conditioning and reclining seats.
  • The coach stopped for us to eat lunch but within half an hour we were on our way again.
  • The pick-up point for the long-distance coaches is now in the new bus station.
  • The coach, taking children on a school trip, careered down a slope and collided with a bank.

coachverb [ I or T ]

uk /kəʊtʃ/ us /koʊtʃ/

B2 to give special classes in sports or a school subject, especially privately, to one person or a small group:

She coaches students in French, usually for exams.

More examples

  • He coached the England team for years.
  • She coaches rich kids to pass their exams.
  • She was coaching the basketball team.
  • I've been invited to coach the under-eleven rugby team.

to train and organize a sports team:

He coached the Blue Devils during their last championship season.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈkəʊ.tʃɪŋ/ us /ˈkoʊ.tʃɪŋ/


You're very behind in your English - why don't you get some extra coaching?

coachnoun [ U ], adverb

uk /kəʊtʃ/ us /koʊtʃ/ US

(Definition of “coach” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"coach" in American English

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us /koʊtʃ/

coach noun (TEACHER)

[ C ] (esp. in sports) a person who is responsible for managing and training a person or a team:

a basketball coach

[ C ] A coach is also an expert who trains someone learning or improving a skill, esp. one related to performing:

an acting coach

coach noun (PART OF VEHICLE)

[ C/U ] the less expensive sections of an aircraft that most people sit in:

[ U ] We were in coach on the flight to Seattle.

[ C/U ] A coach is also one of the separate parts of a train.

[ C/U ] A coach is also a kind of old-fashioned vehicle pulled by one or more horses.

[ C/U ] Br A coach is a bus.

coachverb [ I/T ]

us /koʊtʃ/

to be responsible for managing and training a person or a team:

[ I/T ] He coached the Giants until 1997.

(Definition of “coach” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"coach" in Business English

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coachnoun [ C ]

uk /kəʊtʃ/ us

HR, MANAGEMENT someone whose job is to provide training for people or to help prepare them for something:

The company has hired a coach to improve our English.

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coachverb [ T ]

uk /kəʊtʃ/ us

HR, MANAGEMENT to provide training or help prepare someone for something:

He offered to coach me for my interview.
coach sb in sth We were coached in the best ways to improve our sales figures.

coachnoun [ U ]

uk /kəʊtʃ/ us US UK economy TRANSPORT

the cheapest type of seats on a plane or train:

in coach The airline was one of the first to stop serving complimentary meals in coach.

Even the company's director flies coach most of the time.

(Definition of “coach” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)