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[joo-pon, joo-pon; French zhy-pawn]
noun, plural ju·pons [joo-ponz, joo-ponz; French zhy-pawn] /ˈdʒu pɒnz, dʒuˈpɒnz; French ʒüˈpɔ̃/.
  1. a close-fitting tunic, usually padded and bearing heraldic arms, worn over armor.
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Also gipon.

Origin of jupon

1350–1400; Middle English jopo(u)n < Middle French jupon, equivalent to Old French jupe a kind of jacket + -on noun suffix
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Historical Examples of jupon

  • They agreed that he had fallen under the tyranny of the “jupon.”

    By the Barrow River

    Edmund Leamy

  • The jupon is seen in the two knights tilting, in the woodcut on p. 348.

  • The jupon was a garment which covered the body from the camail to just above the knees.

    Chats on Military Curios

    Stanley C. Johnson

  • Roquefort gives the form Jupe, but Jupon or Gipoun is more usual.

  • And as to the camisole and jupon, I am not quite sure about them either.


    Charlotte Bront

British Dictionary definitions for jupon


  1. a short close-fitting sleeveless padded garment, used in the late 14th and early 15th centuries with armourAlso called: gipon
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Word Origin for jupon

C15: from Old French, from Old French jupe; see jumper 1
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