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shell jacket

  1. a close-fitting, semiformal jacket, with a short back, worn in the tropics in place of a tuxedo.
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Origin of shell jacket

First recorded in 1830–40
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Historical Examples

  • His shell-jacket was as much too little for him as he was too big for the premises.

    The Personal History of David Copperfield 

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for shell jacket

shell jacket

  1. an army officer's waist-length mess jacket
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