Jacket

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This article is about the garment. For other uses, see Jacket (disambiguation).
A sports jacket, known as a "sport coat" in the U.S.

A jacket is a mid-stomach–length garment for the upper body.[1] A jacket typically has sleeves, and fastens in the front or slightly on the side. A jacket is generally lighter, tighter-fitting, and less insulating than a coat, which is outerwear. Some jackets are fashionable, while others serve as protective clothing.

Etymology[edit]

The word jacket comes from the French word jaquette. The term comes from the Middle French noun jaquet, which refers to a small or lightweight tunic.[2] In Modern French, jaquette is synonymous with jacket. Speakers of American English sometimes informally use the words jacket and coat interchangeably.[3]

Nylon bomber jacket, also in leather

List of jackets[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Picken, Mary Brooks (1999) [1957]. A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion. Dover Publications. p. 185. ISBN 978-0-486-40294-9. 
  2. ^ Harper, Douglas. "jacket". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  3. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 1971
  4. ^ The Eton Suit