oil·​skin | \ ˈȯi(-ə)l-ˌskin How to pronounce oilskin (audio) \

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

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Synonyms for oilskin


mac (or mack) [British], mackintosh (also macintosh) [chiefly British], raincoat, slicker, waterproof [chiefly British]

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Examples of oilskin in a Sentence

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

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Daigle has a face like an oilskin raincoat, patinated from life on the land moonlighting for mining companies—chasing other people’s dreams. Genesee Keevil, Popular Mechanics, "The Rush: What the World's Greatest Gold Prospector Knows," 17 May 2018 Below the deck, his two sons fumble with their yellow oilskins and ready their orange rubber boots. Matthew Bremner, Slate Magazine, "Shifting Current," 24 July 2017 You order oysters, boiled langoustines, pickled herring, steamed mussels, smoked salmon, or chowder from a young woman in oilskins and rubber boots. David Coggins, CNT, "Men on a Mission: A Hunt for Whisky and Tweed in Scotland," 24 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of oilskin

circa 1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of oilskin was circa 1775

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English Language Learners Definition of oilskin

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

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