A close-fitting, hip-length, collarless jacket having no sleeves but often extended shoulders, belted and worn over a doublet by men especially in the 1500s.
A short, closefitting jacket, often sleeveless, or a vest, of a kind worn in the 16th and 17th cent.
Webster's New World
Other Word Forms of Jerkin
Origin of Jerkin
Diminutive of Dutch jurk (“dress”)?
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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