A sou'wester is a
hatthat is worn to repel water, usually made of a flexible waterproofmaterial such as plastic or oilcloth; it often has a neckstrap to keep it from flying off in strong winds. It was traditionally worn by sailors off the North Atlantic coastof the U.S. and Canada, and is distinguished by a wide brim that is especially long in the back for the purpose of protecting the neckfrom the elements.
The name derives from
nor'easter, which is generally considered the worst storm pattern in the area. A sou'wester protects one from the elements, and thus the name derives from being "opposite the storm."
The traditional North American
firefighter helmet, which also sports a wide brim and a long tail covering the back of the neck, can be seen as a hard version of a sou'wester.
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sou'wester — [sou΄wes′tər] n. SOUTHWESTER … English World dictionary
sou'wester — ► NOUN ▪ a waterproof hat with a broad brim or flap covering the back of the neck … English terms dictionary
sou'wester — UK [ˌsaʊ ˈwestə(r)] / US [saʊˈwestər] noun [countable] Word forms sou wester : singular sou wester plural sou westers a hat that protects your face and neck from the wind and rain … English dictionary
sou'wester — [[t]sa͟ʊwe̱stə(r)[/t]] sou westers N COUNT A sou wester is a waterproof hat that is worn especially by sailors in stormy weather. It has a wide brim at the back to keep your neck dry … English dictionary
sou'wester — sou west|er [sauˈwestə US ər] n [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: southwester] a hat made of shiny material that keeps the rain off, with a wide piece at the back that covers your neck … Dictionary of contemporary English
sou'wester — sou west|er [ sau westər ] noun count a hat that protects your face and neck from the wind and rain … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
sou'wester — sou west·er … English syllables
sou'wester — sou •west•er [[t]ˌsaʊˈwɛs tər[/t]] n. 1) cvb clo a waterproof hat, often of oilskin, having the brim very broad behind and slanted, worn esp. by seamen 2) cvb clo an oilskin slicker, fastening with buckles, worn esp. by seamen in rough weather 3) … From formal English to slang
sou'wester — /sow wes teuhr/, n. 1. a waterproof hat, often of oilskin, having the brim very broad behind and slanted, worn esp. by seamen. 2. an oilskin slicker, fastening with buckles, worn esp. by seamen in rough weather. 3. southwester (def. 1). Also… … Universalium
sou'-wester — /saʊ ˈwɛstə/ (say sow westuh) noun 1. a waterproof hat, usually of oilskin, having the brim very broad behind, worn especially by sailors. 2. → south wester … Australian English dictionary