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A child wearing a yellow raincoat with hood

A raincoat or slicker is a waterproof or water-resistant coat worn to protect the body from rain. The term rain jacket is sometimes used to refer to raincoats that are waist length. A rain jacket may be combined with a pair of rain pants to make a rain suit.

Modern raincoats are often constructed of breathable, waterproof fabrics such as Gore-Tex or Tyvek and coated nylons. These fabrics allow some air to pass through, allowing the garment to 'breathe' so that sweat vapour can escape. The amount of pouring rain a raincoat can handle is sometimes measured in the unit millimeters, water gauge.


The first modern raincoat was invented by Charles Macintosh in 1823.


Important styles of raincoat include:

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of raincoat at Wiktionary
  • Media related to Raincoats at Wikimedia Commons