from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A garment made for wearing over other garments; an outer garment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An outer garment.

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

  • noun a garment worn over other garments


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  • BabiLayers, based in South San Francisco, Calif., sells an over-garment for adults that shield newborns from germs while protecting caregivers from messes.

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  • Trendy women in Saudi Arabia have taken to sporting slimmer-fitting abayas, while embellishing the traditionally black over-garment with bold strips of color.

    The Economist: Muslims and the Veil JDsg 2007

  • At the court of King Arthur there came a young man and bigly made, and he was richly beseen: and he desired to be made knight of the king, but his over-garment sat over-thwartly, howbeit it was rich cloth of gold.

    Le Morte d'Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory's book of King Arthur and of his noble knights of the Round table 2003

  • A holy Shar [= i] f generally rides a horse, and he dresses in white, with a blue cloth cloak, or else a white woollen over-garment.

    In the Tail of the Peacock Isabel Savory

  • Upper-skirts broke away from the under, and displayed the sorry fact that the latter were only shams, formed of lining-calico, with patches of good material put in here and there, where the over-garment was cut open.

    The Girl's Own Paper, Vol. VIII: No. 356, October 23, 1886. Various

  • It shows the red karaginu, or over-garment; the dark-green robe trimmed with folds, called the uchigi; the saishi, or head-ornament, in this case of gold but sometimes of silver; the unlined under-garment of thin silk; the red hakama, or divided skirt; and the train of white silk painted or stained in colors.

    Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan b. 974? Murasaki Shikibu Izumi Shikibu 1920

  • He and all the men are arrayed in garments of coarse white cotton stuff throughout, loose pantaloons, bound at the ankles, and an over-garment of a pattern very much like a night-shirt; on their heads are the regulation Afghan turbans, with long, dangling ends, and their feet are incased in rude moccasins with upturned toes.

    Around the World on a Bicycle - Volume II From Teheran To Yokohama Thomas Stevens 1894

  • Figs 89, 90, 92 93 wear over this a second garment which goes over the right shoulder and under the left This over-garment reaches to the feet, so as to conceal the lower portion of the chiton At the top it is folded over, or perhaps rather another piece of cloth is sewed on.

    A History of Greek Art Frank Bigelow Tarbell 1886

  • Mandillions, said by some authorities to be cloaks, were in fact much like the doublets, and were worn apparently as an over-garment or great-coat.

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England Alice Morse Earle 1881

  • Paul had been told what she was to wear; but he probably knew her by some sign, agreed upon beforehand, from all the other black dominos; for a number of other ladies had chosen the same over-garment to hide the brilliant costumes until the time came for unmasking.

    Paul Patoff 1881


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