pea jacket



a short coat of thick wool, usually double-breasted and navy in color, worn by seamen, fishermen, etc.
a jacket or short coat styled like this, worn by adults and children.

Origin of pea jacket

1715–25, Americanism; pea, variant spelling of pay, pee, pie coat of coarse woolen cloth (late Middle English pee, pey, pie; akin to Dutch pij, dialectal Frisian pey, dialectal Swedish paje) + jacket; perhaps modeled on Frisian (N dial.) pijekkat
Also called peacoat, pea coat. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pea jacket

Historical Examples of pea jacket

  • But I pulled my cap down over my eyes and buttoned up my pea-jacket.

    The Opal Serpent

    Fergus Hume

  • He was dressed in a pea-jacket and dungaree pants, but had no boots.

  • Fortunate it was for him, that the cloth of his pea-jacket was not of the best quality.

    The Ocean Waifs

    Mayne Reid

  • He flung off his pea-jacket and possessed himself of An-ina's chair.

    The Heart of Unaga

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Put on your worst suit of clothes, and throw your pea-jacket into the boat.

    The Congo Rovers

    Harry Collingwood

British Dictionary definitions for pea jacket

pea jacket



a sailor's short heavy double-breasted overcoat of navy wool

Word Origin for pea jacket

C18: from Dutch pijjekker, from pij coat of coarse cloth + jekker jacket
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Word Origin and History for pea jacket

1721, loan-translation of North Frisian pijekkat, from Dutch pijjekker, from pij "coarse woolen cloth" + jekker "jacket." Middle English had pee "coat of coarse, thick wool" (late 15c.). Related: Pea-coat.

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