A vest is a garment covering the upper body. The term has different meanings around the world.
- (a sleeveless under-jacket). This is called a waistcoat in the UK and many Commonwealth countries, or a vest in the US and Canada. It is often worn as part of formal attire, or as the third piece of a lounge suit.
- See also Kutte. Popular in biker cultures throughout Europe and North America. The Cut-off is a type of vest typically made from cotton or denim with no sleeves. Often decorated with patches or pictures of biker related subjects and/or logos. The Cut-off vest is still a vest, regardles of the presence of a collar, pockets, heavy liners, buttons, zippers, or length. May be tucked in or worn outside the pants.
- (an undergarment, normally worn under a shirt). It is known as an A-shirt or tank top in the US and Canada, vest in the UK and many Commonwealth countries, and singlet in Australia.
- Infant bodysuit
- (a garment designed to be worn by infants with an extension below the waist). It is known as a onesie in the US and Canada and a vest in the UK.
- Other sleeveless jackets
- Vest may refer to other outer garments, such as a sports tank top, or a padded sleeveless jacket popular for hunting, commonly known as a hunting vest. Another common variant is the fishing vest which carries a profusion of external pockets for carrying fishing tackle. The term jerkin is also used to refer to this sort of sleeveless outdoor coat.
- A sweater vest (American and Canadian English)
- This may also be called a slipover, sleeveless sweater, or, in British English, a tank top. .
- This Indian garment is commonly called a vest in Indian English.
The term vest derives from French veste "jacket, sport coat", Italian vesta, veste "robe, gown" and Latin vestis. The sleeveless garment worn by men beneath a coat may have been first popularised by King Charles II of England, since a diary entry by Pepys (October 8, 1666) records that "[t]he King hath yesterday, in Council, declared his resolution of setting a fashion for clothes.... It will be a vest, I know not well how; but it is to teach the nobility thrift."