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[oil-skin] /ˈɔɪlˌskɪn/
a cotton fabric made waterproof by treatment with oil and used for rain gear and fishermen's clothing.
a piece of this.
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.
Origin of oilskin
1805-15; oil + skin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then a door was shut and Dick came up with a man who wore an oilskin cap and jersey.

    Johnstone of the Border Harold Bindloss
  • "And I'll take this to square the count," said I, picking up the oilskin packet.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “Here you are,” replied Lester, producing an oilskin pouch from an inside pocket.

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

  • One thing I'd done already as a precaution—ripped open the oilskin packet and substituted blank paper, and then sewn it up again.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • And I suppose all the furniture will have to be covered in oilskin?

    In Brief Authority F. Anstey
  • As for ourselves, the Kid's smile is almost audible as she runs a loving hand over the oilskin cover of the camera.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • It was their host Falloner, who had just risen and was slipping on his oilskin coat.

    Under the Redwoods Bret Harte
  • One man doffed his jersey for Philip's benefit, and then they hastily covered him with oilskin coat and overalls.

    The King of Diamonds Louis Tracy
  • The will was in his coat-pocket, and wrapped in a piece of oilskin.

    Motor Matt's Clue Stanley R. Matthews
British Dictionary definitions for oilskin


  1. a cotton fabric treated with oil and pigment to make it waterproof
  2. (as modifier): an oilskin hat
(often pl) a protective outer garment of this fabric
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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