coach

Definitions

General English

  • noun a large bus for travelling long distances
  • noun one of the vehicles for passengers that is part of a train
  • noun a person who trains sports players
  • verb to train sports people
  • verb to give private lessons to someone in a particular sport, subject or activity

Cars & Driving

  • noun a single-deck bus, usually with a luxurious specification, for carrying passengers over long distances, either from city to city on regular schedules or in groups on tours.

Sports

  • noun someone who trains sports players or athletes

Travel

  • noun a large comfortable bus, operated for long-distance travellers on a regular route
  • noun a large comfortable bus, used by a group of tourists to travel long distances, not on a regular scheduled route, and often abroad
  • noun somebody who trains someone in a sport

Origin & History of “coach”

Coach is one of the few English words borrowed from Hungarian. It comes (via French coche and German kutsche) from Hungarian kocsi, an adjective meaning ‘of Kocs’ (Kocs is a village in north-east Hungary, between Budapest and Györ, where carriages, carts, etc were made). In Hungarian the original full form was kocsi szeker ‘cart from Kocs’. The modern sense ‘instructor, trainer’ originated in 19th-century university slang, the notion being that the student was conveyed through the exam by the tutor as if he were riding in a carriage.
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