rain·coat | \ ˈrān-ˌkōt \

Definition of raincoat 

: a waterproof or water-resistant coat

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Synonyms for raincoat


oilskin, slicker

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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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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 Saillard’s comment points out a profound change, or divide, in the industry, one underscored by the news today that Riccardo Tisci, lately of Givenchy, will take over as creative director at Burberry, the very British raincoat maker founded in 1856. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, "Why Riccardo Tisci Is the Right Man for Burberry," 1 Mar. 2018 Later that night, Claire repurposes a raincoat, sewing it into a cloak and dress passable for 18th-century Scotland. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Season 3 Episode 5 Reunites Claire and Jamie—For a Few Moments," 9 Oct. 2017 Among other donations, the king contributed 2,000 raincoats to the effort. Hannah Beech, The Seattle Times, "For some Thai soccer-team members, cave ordeal was only their latest test," 10 July 2018 One young man lifts his raincoat to show a cluster of homemade explosives, then raises the shirt beneath to reveal bullet wounds. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: University becomes refuge in Nicaragua unrest," 5 July 2018 Carrying a purse, keys or even eyeglasses and a raincoat is considered work – and one is required to rest on the Jewish Sabbath, which is observed from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "What is an eruv?," 22 June 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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