rain·​coat ˈrān-ˌkōt How to pronounce raincoat (audio)
: a waterproof or water-resistant coat

Examples of raincoat in a Sentence

I grabbed my umbrella and raincoat before going out in the thunderstorm.
Recent Examples on the Web Luckily, PetSmart has more than 20 raincoat styles to choose from, including Arcadia Trail’s reflective dog raincoat that’s currently on sale. Megan Schaltegger, Peoplemag, 6 Mar. 2024 William is a longtime aficionado of the powerful, full-body garment—his senior thesis at Parsons featured various interpretations, including trench and raincoat jumpsuits. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 15 Dec. 2023 With spring’s wet weather ahead, now’s the ideal time to grab a raincoat to keep your dog dry throughout the season. Megan Schaltegger, Peoplemag, 6 Mar. 2024 Also, people headed to the Rose Parade in Pasadena on Monday may want to pack a raincoat or umbrella in case of possible showers. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 31 Dec. 2023 And since the weather has been unpredictable (read: very wet) lately, this packable raincoat is a must thanks to its cinching features to keep me dry. Lauren Fischer, Travel + Leisure, 3 Oct. 2023 Umbrellas and raincoats are ubiquitous; the drama involves the consequences and urgencies arising from leaky roofs, and the visible and audible beat of cars’ windshield wipers punctuates and inflects the action throughout like an additional musical score. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 25 Jan. 2024 The notably lightweight raincoat passed our waterproof test with flying colors, absorbing no moisture and keeping us totally dry. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 26 Oct. 2023 Defined by the double-breasted design and functional details like the notched lapel collar, epaulets on the shoulders, storm flaps, and tie belt, the trench coat is now probably most often thought of as being a water-resistant raincoat. Paula Lee, Glamour, 29 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of raincoat was in 1830

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“Raincoat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raincoat. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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rain·​coat ˈrān-ˌkōt How to pronounce raincoat (audio)
: a coat of waterproof or water-resistant material

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