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[reyn-koht] /ˈreɪnˌkoʊt/
a waterproof or water-repellent coat worn as protection against rain.
Origin of raincoat
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30; rain + coat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I should have carried my raincoat to the door before putting it on.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • "I've got the umbrellas," he shouted, as he struggled into his raincoat.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely
  • I also discovered that I wanted a lighter overcoat and a raincoat.

  • Certainly she was not lonely for a young man with a raincoat, a cat, and an interest in Japan.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • Randy slipped on his raincoat, and then resumed his duty as a sentinel.

    The Rover Boys Under Canvas Arthur M. Winfield
  • Mrs. Jackson's raincoat was a sure signal of social activity.

    The Lady Doc

    Caroline Lockhart
  • "I'm skipping," said Phil, reaching down to button her raincoat.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for raincoat


a coat made of a waterproof material
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for raincoat

also rain-coat, 1821, from rain (n.) + coat (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for raincoat



A condom; rubber: If a guy said ''I ride bareback,'' I'd tell him he needs a raincoat. Instead of gonorrhea, I'd talk about the clap (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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