rain·​coat | \ ˈrān-ˌkōt How to pronounce raincoat (audio) \

Definition of raincoat

: a waterproof or water-resistant coat

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Synonyms for raincoat


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

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Examples of raincoat in a Sentence

I grabbed my umbrella and raincoat before going out in the thunderstorm.

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With rain showers in the forecast and a high of 61, raincoats and umbrellas are definitely advised. OregonLive.com, "2018 Grand Floral Parade Day (live updates)," 9 June 2018 McDonald’s has its online Big Mac Shop for boots, raincoats and leggings, among other things. USA TODAY, "If you crave LaCroix sparkling water, maybe you'll like the swimsuit," 16 May 2018 Peruse it here—you'll find everything from dinner plates to a dog raincoat. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Married—Here's Everything We Know About the Wedding," 4 Dec. 2018 Pop by your local OTC for some cute and affordable raincoats! 💖 @sarahminkajackson got this over-coat for $1 😱 A post shared by Out of the Closet (@outofthecloset) on Jan 16, 2019 at 1:04pm PST Make your brunch plans...with impact in mind. Jane Mosbacher Morris, Marie Claire, "5 Easy Ways to Use Your Wallet to Create Real Change," 31 Jan. 2019 Easy to jab it once, twice, three times into a dark raincoat-clad back. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Two unlikely cops are paired up to solve murders in a war-torn Tokyo in Ninth Step Station," 8 Dec. 2018 The air is thick with humidity and money: Women wear ground-length Opening Ceremony raincoats, Prada fanny packs, Helmut Lang sweatshirts, Balenciaga sneakers, and vintage Apple employee jackets that go for around $400 on eBay. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "At Hypebeast’s new streetwear festival, even the toddlers are cool and rich," 8 Oct. 2018 Police photographs obtained by the AP showed the officers in hard hats and light green raincoats talking with the villagers outside of what appears to be the concrete chapel and nearby bunkhouse, with piles of sandbags nearby. Aaron Favila And Joeal Calupitan, Fox News, "Philippine policeman: Villagers refused advice to flee storm," 18 Sep. 2018 The selection will run from classic Alaïa couture on the top floor to accessories and ready-to-wear below, and include plenty of London-appropriate raincoats, some produced specifically for this store. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Carla Sozzani on Azzedine Alaïa’s Flourishing Afterlife—And New Store—In London," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of raincoat

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of raincoat was in 1830

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English Language Learners Definition of raincoat

: a coat that you wear when it rains in order to stay dry


rain·​coat | \ ˈrān-ˌkōt How to pronounce raincoat (audio) \

Kids Definition of raincoat

: a coat of waterproof or water-resistant material

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