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shell jacket



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


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Nearby words

shell back, shell bean, shell company, shell game, shell gland, shell jacket, shell out, shell pink, shell program, shell shock, shell star

Origin of shell jacket

First recorded in 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shell jacket

  • 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


an army officer's waist-length mess jacket
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012