Definition of white coat in English:

white coat


  • 1A long white protective garment worn by doctors, hospital attendants, and laboratory workers.

    • ‘He looked up to see a doctor in a long white coat walking towards him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A doctor in a white coat may be seen as a credible endorser of a new headache tablet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After the person in the mirror, the next most dangerous individual we're ever likely to encounter is one in a white coat.’
    • ‘When he came to, he was surrounded by people in white coats and he thought he was looking death in the eye.’
    • ‘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 white coat of one of the medics is spattered with blood.’
    • ‘When I began this book I thought scientists had no emotional life, they were men and women in white coats.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Young people don't want to hear about health information from a man in a white coat.’
    • ‘Nurses and doctors in white coats were running in and out of rooms, while still trying to maintain quiet around the waiting room.’
    • ‘Doctors are no longer remote gods of the white coat but increasingly hassled and fallible human beings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The boffins in white coats talk as if this huge, multi-million dollar machine is the mother of all video games.’
    • ‘Technicians in white coats, latex gloves, and hairnets walk the halls and move about the lab purposefully.’
  • 2Canadian An infant harp seal, which has whitish fur.

    • ‘Mothers find their pups among the many whitecoats on the ice floes by scent and reject all but their own.’
    • ‘Almost all of the white-coat hunting involved fishermen in Newfoundland and Quebec who needed a way to make money at the end of winter before the fishing season began again.’
    • ‘The protests climaxed in 1983 with a European Community (EC) ban on the import of ‘whitecoats’ and ‘bluebacks’.’
    • ‘The females fled into the water when approached, but their whitecoat pups were not yet capable of independent movement and so were unable to follow.’
    • ‘The grey seal breeding season has commenced and whitecoat pups can be seen on some of the more remote beaches around the country, including in Kerry.’


  • 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’
      • ‘The father becomes enraged at the son and has to be dragged away himself by men in white coats.’
      • ‘Later that same evening in 1918, Warburg was taken away by 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!’
      • ‘"If he carries on in this way we won't need the men in grey suits, we'll need the men in white coats."’
      • ‘The minute I type this I will expect the men in white coats to come and take me away.’
      • ‘But perhaps we shouldn't start calling in the men in white coats just yet.’
      • ‘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

/ˈwʌɪt kəʊt/