mess jacket



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.

Nearby words

  1. mess about,
  2. mess around,
  3. mess call,
  4. mess gear,
  5. mess hall,
  6. mess kit,
  7. mess up,
  8. mess with,
  9. mess-up,
  10. message

Origin of mess jacket

First recorded in 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mess jacket

  • But after what had occurred in connection with that mess-jacket, my lips were sealed.

    Right Ho, Jeeves|P. G. Wodehouse
  • I am convinced that you will eventually learn to love this mess-jacket, Jeeves.

    Right Ho, Jeeves|P. G. Wodehouse
  • Besides, after that business of the mess-jacket, anything resembling weakness would have been fatal.

    Right Ho, Jeeves|P. G. Wodehouse

British Dictionary definitions for mess jacket

mess jacket


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