AskDefine | Define coach

Dictionary Definition



1 (sports) someone in charge of training an athlete or a team [syn: manager, handler]
2 a person who gives private instruction (as in singing or acting) [syn: private instructor, tutor]
3 a railcar where passengers ride [syn: passenger car, carriage]
4 a carriage pulled by four horses with one driver [syn: four-in-hand, coach-and-four]
5 a vehicle carrying many passengers; used for public transport; "he always rode the bus to work" [syn: bus, autobus, charabanc, double-decker, jitney, motorbus, motorcoach, omnibus]


1 teach and supervise (someone); act as a trainer or coach (to), as in sports; "He is training our Olympic team"; "She is coaching the crew" [syn: train]
2 drive a coach

User Contributed Dictionary



From coche, from Kutsche, from kocsi. According to historians, the coach was named after the small Hungarian town of Kocs, which made a livelihood from cart building and transport between Vienna and Budapest.



  1. A wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power.
  2. A railroad car drawn by a locomotive.
  3. A trainer or instructor.
  4. A single decked long-distance, or privately hired bus.
  5. The forward part of the cabin space under the poop deck of a sailing ship; the fore-cabin under the quarter deck.



wheeled vehicle drawn by horse power
railroad car drawn by a locomotive
  • Finnish: vaunu
  • German: Wagen
  • Hungarian: vagon
  • Italian: carrozza ferroviaria, vettura
  • Kurdish: vagon
  • Russian: вагон
  • Slovene: vagon
  • Spanish: vagón
  • Chinese: 教練, 教练 (jiàoliàn)
  • Czech: trenér, kouč
  • Dutch: coach, trainer
  • Finnish: valmentaja
  • French: entraîneur
  • German: Trainer
  • Hebrew: מאמן (me'amen) , מאמנת (me'amenet)
  • Hungarian: edző
  • Italian: allenatore, istruttore
  • Japanese: コーチ
  • Kurdish: rahêner / , antrenor /
  • Portuguese: treinador
  • Russian: тренер
  • Slovak: tréner
  • Slovene: trener , trenerka
  • Spanish: entrenador, entrenadora
long distance bus


  1. To train.
  2. To instruct.
    She has coached many opera stars.


sports: train
  • Dutch: opleiden
  • Finnish: valmentaa
  • French: entraîner
  • German: trainieren
  • Hebrew: לאמן (le'amen)
  • Italian: allenare, addestrare
  • Kurdish: rahênan
  • Portuguese: treinar
  • Slovak: trénovať
  • Slovene: trenirati
  • Spanish: entrenar



English (cfr. supra)


  1. trainer, instructor
  2. counselor



  1. coach; a trainer or instructor

Extensive Definition

Coach can refer to:



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  • Coach USA, a bus transport company in the United States


  • Jonathan Coachman, World Wrestling Entertainment personality a.k.a. "The Coach"
  • Coach Ernie Pantusso, the character played by Nicholas Colasanto on the sitcom Cheers
  • Mike Ditka, former head coach of the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints head coach, a.k.a. "Da Coach"
coach in German: Coach
coach in French: Coach
coach in Dutch: Coach
coach in Japanese: コーチ (曖昧さ回避)

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