rain·​coat | \ˈrān-ˌkōt \

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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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 King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun took a personal interest in the search, sending kitchen trucks to feed the search crews and raincoats to protect them from the downpour. New York Times, "Thailand Cave Rescue Turns to How to Extract Trapped Soccer Team," 3 July 2018 If so, head on out to the Metairie Road Irish parade on Sunday (March 11), which starts at noon, without a raincoat or umbrella. Melinda Morris, NOLA.com, "Will it rain on the Metairie Road Irish parade today?," 11 Mar. 2018 Chinese imports potentially subject to Trump's latest tariffs range from baseball gloves to seafood to oxygen to raincoats. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Trade wars are damaging, so why is Trump fighting one with China?," 13 July 2018 Most mannequins were outfitted in supple (and seriously expensive) deerskin loafers; raincoats also came with deerskin epaulets (actual rain be damned). Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "In Our Sweatshirted Times, These Brands Are Going All In on Extreme Luxury," 18 June 2018 Now come Rainwalkers, handmade rubber boots from the cult Swedish raincoat label Stutterheim. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "It’s Almost Spring. Let’s Get Organized.," 14 Mar. 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 \

Kids Definition of raincoat

: a coat of waterproof or water-resistant material

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