a movable or folding seat, as in a carriage, taxicab, or limousine, used as an extra seat.
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Origin of jump seat
An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
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British Dictionary definitions for jump seat
a folding seat for temporary use, as on the flight deck of some aircraft for an additional crew member
British a folding seat in a motor vehicle such as in a London taxi
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