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

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

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  • 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.).

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