Definition of white coat in US English:

white coat


  • A long white protective garment worn by doctors, hospital attendants, and laboratory workers.

    • ‘When I began this book I thought scientists had no emotional life, they were men and women in white coats.’
    • ‘The boffins in white coats talk as if this huge, multi-million dollar machine is the mother of all video games.’
    • ‘Doctors abroad are giving up their traditional white coats and ties as they could harbour infections.’
    • ‘Mom or dad held you on his or her lap while the doctor, wearing a white coat and Cheshire cat grin, pierced your poreless, silken skin with a needle full of weird stuff.’
    • ‘Some may even ask whether he is a doctor at all, for he was wearing neither a stethoscope nor a white coat, and his handwriting is said to be legible.’
    • ‘The reason why you often see men and women in white coats in soap powder and cosmetics ads is because the marketing folk believe we see scientists as sources of authority.’
    • ‘A doctor in a white coat may be seen as a credible endorser of a new headache tablet.’
    • ‘She is a natural listener and it is easy to imagine her in a white coat with a stethoscope in her pocket, dispensing sympathy and stern wisdom at the bedside.’
    • ‘He looked up to see a doctor in a long white coat walking towards him.’
    • ‘Nurses and doctors in white coats were running in and out of rooms, while still trying to maintain quiet around the waiting room.’
    • ‘Young people don't want to hear about health information from a man in a white coat.’
    • ‘I started my third year of medical school, when students rotate through the different specialties, crisp white coats venturing into the grime of clinical medicine.’
    • ‘Medical students from a Rome teaching hospital bicycled through the capital wearing their white coats and stethoscopes to protest against the cuts in spending on research.’
    • ‘Technicians in white coats, latex gloves, and hairnets walk the halls and move about the lab purposefully.’
    • ‘The irony is that in the transition from a religiously inspired world where men in black frocks held sway, our world is now more likely to be informed by scientists in white coats.’
    • ‘In earlier times religion was a major force, but today many people find a white coat more reassuring than a black one, a medical center more impressive than a cathedral.’
    • ‘When he came to, he was surrounded by people in white coats and he thought he was looking death in the eye.’
    • ‘The white coat of one of the medics is spattered with blood.’
    • ‘Doctors are no longer remote gods of the white coat but increasingly hassled and fallible human beings.’
    • ‘After the person in the mirror, the next most dangerous individual we're ever likely to encounter is one in a white coat.’


  • men in white coats

    • humorous Psychiatrists or psychiatric workers (used to imply that someone is mad or mentally unbalanced)

      ‘I think the men in white coats will be calling soon’
      • ‘Later that same evening in 1918, Warburg was taken away by men in white coats.’
      • ‘But perhaps we shouldn't start calling in the men in white coats just yet.’
      • ‘"If he carries on in this way we won't need the men in grey suits, we'll need the men in white coats."’
      • ‘They'd probably have rung the men in white coats to take me away.’
      • ‘She even squeezed out a slim book on the subject before the men in white coats came for her.’
      • ‘Having spent more than an hour with the Prime Minister on Saturday morning, I can't report that he looked in the least bit like a candidate for the men in white coats.’
      • ‘If anybody had predicted Everton would be sitting third in the Premiership at the start of the season the men in white coats would have been round quicker to pick them up than Ronaldo can do thirty step-overs!’
      • ‘The father becomes enraged at the son and has to be dragged away himself by men in white coats.’
      • ‘The minute I type this I will expect the men in white coats to come and take me away.’
      • ‘A break away with my family from the madness that is SPL decision-making is probably all that has prevented me getting up close and personal with the men in white coats.’
      • ‘Now, if you will excuse me I think I can hear the men in white coats pulling up outside …’


white coat

/ˈwaɪt ˌkoʊt//ˈwīt ˌkōt/