- a short, close-fitting jacket or coat, formerly worn by sailors.
Origin of monkey jacket
First recorded in 1820–30; so called from its resemblance to a jacket worn by an organ-grinder's monkey
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Examples from the Web for monkey jacket
Having laid himself on his bunk, Farnborough drew an envelope from the inside breast-coat pocket of his monkey-jacket.
Underneath his great-coat he wore his monkey-jacket, three sweaters, and a muffler.
"I shall be quite willing, I am sure," said the man in the monkey-jacket with imperturbable effrontery.Campaigns of a Non-Combatant,
George Alfred Townsend
The fellow took a firm grip of my monkey-jacket, and I made for the door.The Wreck of the Grosvenor, Volume 1 of 3
William Clark Russell
Pete was still in his stocking cap and Wellington boots, but he had a monkey-jacket over his blue guernsey.The Manxman
- a short close-fitting jacket, esp a waist-length jacket similar to a mess jacket