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A man wearing a sports jacket.

A jacket is a garment for the upper body, usually extending below the hips.[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. Jackets without sleeves are vests.


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] The word is cognate with Spanish jaco and Italian giacca or giacchetta, first recorded around 1350s. It is ultimately loaned from Arabic shakk (شكّ), which in turn loaned from Aramean/Assyrian and Hebrew shaḳḳ (שַׁקּ).[4]

List of jackets [edit]

  • Heated Jackets
  • Atilla, a fancy Hungarian shell-jacket or short coat, decorated with braided cord and knots
  • Ball jacket, often specified as a baseball jacket or football jacket, a casual jacket with knitted cuffs, collar, and waistband and a zippered front
  • Bed jacket, a jacket made from lightweight material designed to be worn in bed
  • Blazer, similar to but more casual than a suit jacket; single- or double-breasted of sturdy material, commonly with metal buttons.
  • Blouson, a military-style waist-length jacket.
  • Bolero, a very short jacket for everyone, originally worn by matadors
  • Bomber jacket, a blouson originally designed for US aircrews in leather or nylon.
  • Brunswick, a two-piece woman's gown of the mid-eighteenth century.
  • Caraco, a woman's jacket of the 18th century.
  • Cardigan, a sweater worn like a jacket.
  • Chef's jacket
  • Chore jacket or chore coat, a jacket made of denim or other robust cloth, with large front pockets, originally a piece of workwear
  • Dinner jacket, part of the black-tie dress code of evening formal wear. Also known as a Dinner suit and a Tuxedo.
  • Donkey jacket

See also[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. ^ Nishanyan, Sevan. "ceket (jacket) - Nishanyan Soezluek". Nishanyan Soezluek. Nishanian Soezluec. Retrieved 11 September 2022.
  5. ^ "The Eton Suit". Archived from the original on 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2008-03-22.
  6. ^ "40 Cool and Awesome Inventions You Should Know About". 31 December 2018. Archived from the original on 2021-02-14.

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