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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Coit \Coit\ (koit), n. [See Quoit.] A quoit. [Obs.]


Coit \Coit\, v. t. To throw, as a stone. [Obs.] See Quoit.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"coition," early 15c., from Latin coitus "going together," also "coition," from coire "to go together" (see coitus).


Etymology 1 n. (context obsolete English) A quoit. vb. (context obsolete English) To throw, as a stone. Etymology 2

vb. To have sexual intercourse; to mate.


Coit may refer to one of the following.

  • Battle of Cat Coit Celidon, a battle in Arthurian legends
  • Coit Albertson, American actor
  • Coit Cleaners, cleaning company from California
  • Coit D. Blacker, Special Assistant to the President
  • Coit Tower, landmark in San Francisco
  • Daniel Coit Gilman, American educator
  • James Milnor Coit, American teacher
  • John Coit Spooner, senator from Wisconsin
  • Joshua Coit: American lawyer and politician
  • Judson B. Coit Observatory, the astronomical observatory of the Boston University
  • Lillie Hitchcock Coit, firefighter and eccentric
  • Moses Coit Tyler, American author
  • Stanton Coit, writer on ethics

Usage examples of "coit".

The pond-head of his passion being now filled to the utmost limit of its capacity, and beginning to overflow in the quivering of his lips and the flashing of his eyes, he pulled up all the flash-boards at once, and gave loose to the full torrent of his indignation, by seizing, like furious Ajax, not a messy stone more than two modern men could raise, but a vast dish of beef more than fifty ancient yeomen could eat, and whirled it like a coit, in terrorem, over the head of the friar, to the extremity of the apartment, Where it on oaken floor did settle, With mighty din of ponderous metal.

On top of Telegraph Hill, the World War III Memorial, built on the remains of the Coit Tower after the latter was destroyed during that conflict.