garments, as raincoats or overcoats, worn over other clothing for warmth or protection outdoors; overclothes.
clothing, as dresses, sweaters, or suits, worn over undergarments.

Origin of outerwear

First recorded in 1925–30; outer + wear
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Examples from the Web for outerwear

Contemporary Examples of outerwear

  • She wears an amazing original Halston leather dress in one scene, and a couple of silk blouses and outerwear.

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    The ‘American Hustle’ Style Guide

    Erin Cunningham

    February 14, 2014

  • The designer's Spring collection for Prada featured sporty motifs, bras on outerwear, and massive faces on just about everything.

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    Prada Spring/ Summer 2014: About Face

    Liza Foreman

    September 19, 2013

  • Underwear as outerwear is back, yet again, only this time in the form of corsets, bustiers, and underwear detailing.

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    My Breast Problem

    Venetia Thompson

    October 9, 2009

Historical Examples of outerwear

  • We came with many clothes, underwear and outerwear, wool and dark things.

    The Hive

    Will Levington Comfort

Word Origin and History for outerwear

1921, from outer + wear (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper