monkey jacket definition by Webster's New World
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Informal a man's short, closefitting jacket; often, specif., mess jacket
Origin: from the resemblance to coats worn by trained monkeys
monkey jacket definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A short, tight-fitting jacket, traditionally worn by sailors.
- See mess jacket.
Origin: From its resemblance to the jacket worn by an organ grinder's monkey.