An inflatable life jacket for use as by aviators downed at sea.
An inflatable, vestlike life preserver.
Nickname for a type of life jacket used by Allied forces in World War II having an inflatable rubber bag on the chest of the wearer.
Origin of mae-west
- After Mae West the appearance of the inflated vest being humorously compared to the actress's large bust
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition