mess jacket

  1. a short, tailless jacket extending to just below the waist, used for semiformal military occasions and now especially as part of the uniform of waiters, bellhops, etc.

Origin of mess jacket

First recorded in 1890–95

Words Nearby mess jacket Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mess jacket in a sentence

  • Of course, you have not got your full kit yet; but you will want a mess jacket and waistcoat.

  • Besides, after that business of the mess-jacket, anything resembling weakness would have been fatal.

    Right Ho, Jeeves | P. G. Wodehouse
  • Captain Dixon lost no time in changing his smart mess-jacket for a thicker coat.

    Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories | Henry Seton Merriman
  • And he walked away, limping, his white mess jacket a pale spot in the gloom.

    The Firing Line | Robert W. Chambers
  • So he hooked the dark collar of his new mess-jacket, and went to dinner like a prince who has newly inherited his father's crown.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 | Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for mess jacket

mess jacket

  1. a waist-length jacket tapering to a point at the back, worn by officers in the mess for formal dinners

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