oilskin

noun oil·skin \ ˈȯi(-ə)l-ˌskin \

Definition of oilskin

1 :an oiled waterproof cloth used for coverings and garments
2 :an oilskin raincoat
3 oilskins plural :an oilskin suit of coat and trousers

Examples of oilskin in a Sentence

  1. the oilskins worn by the fishing boat's crew gave them scant protection from the cold, driving rain

Recent Examples of oilskin from the Web

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First Known Use of oilskin

circa 1775

oilskin Synonyms

Synonyms
mac (or mack) [British], mackintosh (also macintosh) [chiefly British], raincoat, slicker, waterproof [chiefly British]
Related Words
rain gear, rainwear; poncho, sou'wester, trench, trench coat

OILSKIN Defined for English Language Learners

oilskin

noun

Definition of oilskin for English Language Learners

  • : cloth that is treated with oil so that it does not let water in and that is used to make clothing

  • : a raincoat that is made of oilskin

  • oilskins : a coat and pants that are made of oilskin and that are worn to keep dry



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