Monkey-jacket definition

A short, tight-fitting jacket, traditionally worn by sailors.
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A man's short, closefitting jacket; often, specif., mess jacket.
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(dated) A type of close-fit jacket worn by sailors.
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A semiformal lightweight jacket, usually made of nylon, with striped cuffs and neck, similar to an MA-1 flight jacket.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
monkey-jacket
Plural:
monkey-jackets

Origin of monkey-jacket

  • From its resemblance to the jacket worn by an organ grinder's monkey

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition