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shell jacket

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  1. a close-fitting, semiformal jacket, with a short back, worn in the tropics in place of a tuxedo.

Origin of shell jacket

First recorded in 1830–40
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Historical Examples

  • His shell-jacket was as much too little for him as he was too big for the premises.

    The Personal History of David Copperfield<br> </p>

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for shell jacket

shell jacket

  1. an army officer's waist-length mess jacket
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