sou'·​west·​er | \ sau̇-ˈwe-stər How to pronounce sou'wester (audio) \

Definition of sou'wester

1 : a long oilskin coat worn especially at sea during stormy weather
2 : a waterproof hat with wide slanting brim longer in back than in front

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1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sou'wester.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sou'wester

: a hat that is worn when it rains and that is longer in the back than in the front and ties under the chin
: a long coat worn by sailors that keeps them dry during stormy weather

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