- a short, tailless jacket extending to just below the waist, used for semiformal military occasions and now especially as part of the uniform of waiters, bellhops, etc.
Origin of mess jacket
First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for mess jacket
I am convinced that you will eventually learn to love this mess-jacket, Jeeves.
But after what had occurred in connection with that mess-jacket, my lips were sealed.
Besides, after that business of the mess-jacket, anything resembling weakness would have been fatal.
- a waist-length jacket tapering to a point at the back, worn by officers in the mess for formal dinners
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