What is a coverall ?

Definition of a what a coverall is

Published 29/04/2005

I'm using the term coverall to distinguish them from the American bib and brace overalls. Ordinarily I would use the term boilersuit (as worn by people that used to stoke boilers) or overall. In the UK an overall is anything that protects your normal clothing:

They are many different types of overall
  • One piece, Boilersuit or Coverall or Jumpsuit.
  • Unionall (Australia)
  • Bib and Brace or Dungaree
  • Two piece (drivers) jacket and trousers
  • Warehouse coats
  • Hooded Coverall (used for fully body protection, PVC)
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Coverall or Boilersuit

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Bib and Brace overall or Dungaree

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Jacket and Trousers

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Warehouse coat

PVC overalls

Hooded Coverall

They can be made from may different materials
  • Cotton (traditional material)
  • Poly-cotton (modern material)
  • Nylon (hard to find these days)
  • PVC (foul weather and chemical protection)
  • Proban (fire resistant)
  • Nomex (fire resistant, flightsuits)
  • Denim (hard wearing work-wear)

In the States an overall is what we in the UK would call a bib and brace overall or a dungaree.

The Australians have in between garment, called a unionall; This is an overall without arms, with a vest type top. Coveralls are called Combination or Combo overalls.

I am interested in the one piece variety, boilersuits or coveralls and jumpsuits as they are called in the States.

By any other name

  • England: Boilersuit, Overall
  • US: Coverall, Jumpsuit
  • Germany: Schlaz
  • France: Combinaison
  • Finland: haalarit

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