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a sleeveless jacket of buoyant or inflatable construction, for supporting the wearer in deep water and preventing drowning.
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Also called life vest; British, air jacket.
Origin of life jacket
First recorded in 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for life jacket
an inflatable sleeveless jacket worn to keep a person afloat when in danger of drowning
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