wa·​ter-re·​pel·​lent ˌwȯ-tər-ri-ˈpe-lənt How to pronounce water-repellent (audio)
: treated with a finish that is resistant but not impervious to penetration by water

Examples of water-repellent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The outside is made of a water-repellent nylon fabric that helps keep moisture out. Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 13 Apr. 2024 The chemicals are nearly indestructible and have been used widely for decades in food packaging, firefighting foam, and other nonstick and water-repellent items. USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2024 Used since the 1950s to make consumer products nonstick, oil- and water-repellent and resistant to temperature change, PFAS chemicals have been linked to serious health problems, including cancer, fertility issues, high cholesterol, hormone disruption, liver damage, obesity and thyroid disease. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 Nonstick pans have been most famously associated with PFAS but the chemicals can be found in water-repellent clothes and carpets, certain shampoos, cosmetics and hundreds of other household items. Lisa Friedman, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2024 Look for pants that are water-resistant or water-repellent and are quick-drying and breathable. ABC News, 4 Apr. 2024 This high-quality roller is made with water-repellent and stain-resistant material that keeps the bag in pristine quality, even years down the road. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 3 Apr. 2024 This iteration is designed in quilted, water-repellent nylon and features both exterior and interior pockets. Jamie Allison Sanders, Peoplemag, 22 Mar. 2024 Lululemon City Adventurer Belt Bag 2.5L This Lululemon belt bag is made with a water-repellent fabric and decorated with the brand’s logo front and center. Taylor Jean Stephan, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of water-repellent was in 1820

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“Water-repellent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water-repellent. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: treated with a finish that resists but does not completely prevent penetration by water

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