rain·​wear | \ˈrān-ˌwer \

Definition of rainwear 

: waterproof or water-resistant clothing

called also rain gear

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The twill fabric, for example, is perfect for rainwear and protection from the elements. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Designer Tracy Reese Creates "Flint Fit" Collection Using Plastic Bottles From Flint Water Crisis," 6 Apr. 2018 Marmot’s EVODry collection is the evolution of rainwear, garments that out-perform current technology with minimal environment impact. Sami Emory, Outside Online, "Embrace the Rain," 27 Mar. 2018 Comfort and comforting get assists from a belt that expands, snazzy rainwear that fits over anything, a stylish scarf that gives baby something to chew on, and a device that keeps car-riding dogs in the back seat. Judi Dash, latimes.com, "Fashionable, versatile and safe: what every traveler needs," 26 Mar. 2018 At the other end of the spectrum, the paint-by-numbers florals were put to service on sporty nylon rainwear. Vogue, "The 10 Best Collections of London Fashion Week," 20 Sep. 2017 Erewoh still sells the basics: tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks, footwear and rainwear, among other things. Randi Shaffer, chicagotribune.com, "Advertisements change, but camping equipment stays basic," 3 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of rainwear

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rainwear was in 1913

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English Language Learners Definition of rainwear

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

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