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jacket

[jak-it]
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noun
  1. a short coat, in any of various forms, usually opening down the front.
  2. something designed to be placed around the upper part of the body for a specific purpose other than use as clothing: a life jacket.
  3. a protective outer covering.
  4. the skin of a potato, especially when it has been cooked.
  5. book jacket.
  6. the cover of a paperbound book, usually bearing an illustration.
  7. a paper or cardboard envelope for protecting a phonograph record.
  8. a metal casing, as the steel covering of a cannon, the steel cover around the core of a bullet, or the water jacket on certain types of machine guns.
  9. a folded paper or open envelope containing an official document.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to put a jacket on (someone or something).
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Origin of jacket

1425–75; late Middle English jaket < Middle French ja(c)quet, equivalent to jaque jack4 + -et -et
Related formsjack·et·ed, adjectivejack·et·less, adjectivejack·et·like, adjectiveun·der·jack·et, nounun·jack·et·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for jacket

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Historical Examples

  • "I'll walk a bit with you," said his sister, donning her jacket and a cap.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Viviette, coming in later in hat and jacket, found him busily writing.

    Viviette

    William J. Locke

  • Katy's fingers were shaking as she lifted the jacket and Linda slipped into it.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • The sleeves of her jacket had been torn, and were mended with a material of another colour.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Then tapping the breast-pocket of his jacket: “And yet I am the force,” he went on.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for jacket

jacket

noun
  1. a short coat, esp one that is hip-length and has a front opening and sleeves
  2. something that resembles this or is designed to be worn around the upper part of the bodya life jacket
  3. any exterior covering or casing, such as the insulating cover of a boiler
  4. the part of the cylinder block of an internal-combustion engine that encloses the coolant
  5. See dust jacket
    1. the skin of a baked potato
    2. (as modifier)jacket potatoes
  6. a metal casing used in certain types of ammunition
  7. US a cover to protect a gramophone recordBrit name: sleeve
  8. mainly US a folder or envelope to hold documents
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verb
  1. (tr) to put a jacket on (someone or something)
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Derived Formsjacketed, adjectivejacket-like, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Old French jaquet short jacket, from jacque peasant, from proper name Jacques James
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Word Origin and History for jacket

n.

mid-15c., "short garment for men," from Middle French jaquet "short coat with sleeves," diminutive of Old French jaque, a kind of tunic, probably from Jacque, the male proper name, also the generic name of a French peasant (see jacquerie), but possibly associated with jaque (de mailles) "short, tight-fitting coat," originally "coat of mail," from Spanish jaco, from Arabic shakk "breastplate." Iakke "a short, close-fitting stuffed or quilted tunic, often serving as a defensive garment" is attested in English from late 14c., and by c.1400 was being used for "woman's short tunic." Meaning "paper wrapper of a book" is first attested 1894.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

jacket in Medicine

jacket

(jăkĭt)
n.
  1. A fixed bandage applied around the body to immobilize the spine.
  2. An artificial crown of a tooth composed of fired porcelain or acrylic resin.
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