life jacket


a sleeveless jacket of buoyant or inflatable construction, for supporting the wearer in deep water and preventing drowning.

Origin of life jacket

First recorded in 1865–70
Also called life vest; British, air jacket. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for life jacket

buoy, lifeline

Examples from the Web for life jacket

Historical Examples of life jacket

  • Slipping into my life-jacket, I groped my way to my station on deck.

  • The boat was shoved back, the life-jacket was transferred to Guy, and the boatman was put ashore.

    The Lifeboat

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • From early morning, the passengers are astir—each one entrammelled in a life-jacket that reminds them continually of danger.


    David W. Bone

British Dictionary definitions for life jacket

life jacket


an inflatable sleeveless jacket worn to keep a person afloat when in danger of drowning
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