rain date


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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The rain date for the event is Sunday (May 13) at the same time. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "LPO to give free concert in Covington Saturday," 9 May 2018 Registration for the walk-a-thon begins at 12:30 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday, June 17. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 12 June 2018 There is no rain date, so bring an umbrella if the weather is poor. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 19 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of rain date

1954, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rain date

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

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