from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Cloth treated with oil to make it waterproof.
  • n. A garment made of oilskin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Cloth made from cotton and treated with oil and pigment to make it waterproof.
  • n. A raincoat made from cotton fabric treated with oil and pigment to make it waterproof.
  • n. Foul-weather gear worn by sailors, whether of natural or synthetic materials.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Cloth made waterproof by oil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Cloth of cotton, linen, or silk, prepared with oil to make it water-proof. Such cloth is much used for water-proof garments.
  • n. A garment made of oilskin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a macintosh made from cotton fabric treated with oil and pigment to make it waterproof


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  • I borrowed a long oilskin to keep off the worst of the rain, put it on over my own raincoat -- the oilskin was a couple of sizes too small, it felt as if I were wearing a strait-jacket -- shook hands all round, thanked them for what they had done for me and left.

    Fear is the Key

  • Washington packed the papers in an oilskin pouch and headed out alone on October 31.

    George Washington’s First War

  • He retrieved a parchment from an oilskin pouch, unrolled it and spread it on the desk.

    Dust and Blood

  • I dressed fully, in all my heavy storm-gear, from sea-boots and sou'-wester to sheepskin under my oilskin coat.


  • I had dressed too hastily properly to fasten my oilskin about my neck, so that I was wet to the skin.


  • Still nothing happened, and, growing curious, I got into my sea-boots, sheepskin coat, and oilskin, put on my sou'wester and mittens, and went on deck.


  • I noticed Larry, to-day, had on two vests, two coats, and an overcoat, with his oilskin outside of that.


  • My arm was about her and fast to the railing; her shoulder pressed close against me, and by one hand she held tightly to the lapel of my oilskin.


  • Michael was impressed by his surroundings but not attracted by the youth, who rolled up his sleeves and encased himself in large oilskin apron before he opened the crate.


  • His black oilskin coat glistened in the lamplight with a myriad drops of ocean that advertised a recent return from deck.



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