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  1. a cotton fabric made waterproof by treatment with oil and used for rain gear and fishermen's clothing.
  2. a piece of this.
  3. Often oilskins, a garment made of this, especially a long, full-cut raincoat or a loose-fitting suit of pants and jacket as worn by sailors for protection against rain.
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Origin of oilskin

First recorded in 1805–15; oil + skin
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Examples from the Web for oilskin

Historical Examples of oilskin

  • It was very tightly rolled in a covering of what appeared to be oilskin.

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • A rough blouse and a fisherman's oilskin cap completed the disguise.

  • He removed his belt from his waist and buckled it outside his oilskin coat.

    The Wreck of the Titan

    Morgan Robertson

  • "And I'll take this to square the count," said I, picking up the oilskin packet.

    Treasure Island

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • "Sure, 'tis a pair of oilskin pants he manes," cried Jimmie.

British Dictionary definitions for oilskin


    1. a cotton fabric treated with oil and pigment to make it waterproof
    2. (as modifier)an oilskin hat
  1. (often plural) a protective outer garment of this fabric
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