rain date

noun

Definition of rain date 

: an alternative date set aside for use if a scheduled event must be postponed due to rain

Examples of rain date in a Sentence

The bike trip is scheduled for May 18th, with a rain date of May 25th.

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Wauwatosa police tweeted shortly before 8 p.m. that the fireworks display was canceled with a rain date to be determined. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some communities reschedule fireworks shows for Thursday after storms move through," 4 July 2018 Should rain force the cancellation of the fireworks show, a rain date has been set for Saturday, July 7, at the park. Vanesa Brashier, Houston Chronicle, "Fireworks show coming to Cleveland July 4," 15 June 2018 And if the skies don’t cooperate, a rain date has been set for June 3. Howard Ludwig, Daily Southtown, "Beverly’s Horse Thief Hollow combines 'Brews, Bags And Art'," 8 May 2018 Either way, head to Somerville for the annual PorchFest, when music will flow from porches to front yards and into the streets Saturday, May 12 (rain date: Sunday, May 13). Kathy Shiels Tully, BostonGlobe.com, "Find your groove along the streets of Somerville during Porchfest," 4 May 2018 The rain date for fireworks will be 9:30 p.m. Thursday. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford is ready to celebrate our nation's birthday," 4 July 2018 In the event of inclement weather, the rain date will be July 6. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 28 June 2018 In case of inclement weather, there will be a rain date for the fireworks show of on July 5. Sun-Sentinel.com, "What to do on July 4 in Deerfield, Pompano Beach," 26 June 2018 The rain date is July 5, and if that occurs, there will not be fireworks music or the band, Bryan said. Leah Brennan, Columbia Flier, "Yes, there's an app for Howard's sparkling July 4 fireworks," 25 June 2018

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1954, in the meaning defined above

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rain date

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rain date

: a date for something to happen if it cannot happen on its original date because of rain

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