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noun

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.

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Origin of mess jacket

First recorded in 1890–95
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mess jacket

noun

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