jacket

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French jacquet, diminutive of Old French jaque.

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Noun[edit]

jacket (plural jackets)

  1. A piece of clothing worn on the upper body outside a shirt or blouse, often waist length to thigh length.
  2. A piece of a person's suit, beside trousers and, sometimes, waistcoat ; coat (US)
  3. A removable or replaceable protective or insulating cover for an object (eg a book, hot water tank.)
  4. (slang) A police record.
    • 1995, Clockers, 00:26:00:
      "We got a crowd of black, white customers, out-of-state license plates, what have you. Somebody gonna check that out. They gonna drop a dime on me, call 911. With my jacket, I can't go back to jail."
    • 1995, Clockers, 00:43:50:
      "Yo's jacket shows possession with intent, possession of unlicensed firearm, and assault, for which he still owes three years."
  5. (military) In ordnance, a strengthening band surrounding and reinforcing the tube in which the charge is fired.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (piece of a person's suit): coat (US)
  • (removable protective cover): sleeve

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Verb[edit]

jacket (third-person singular simple present jackets, present participle jacketing, simple past and past participle jacketed)

  1. (transitive) To enclose or encase in a jacket or other covering.
    • 1897, Alexander James Wallis-Tayler, Motor Cars Or Power-carriages for Common Roads
      ...to...prevent...the loss of heat...there is also a layer of silicate cotton or slag wool. This latter material is also employed to jacket the chimney for a certain portion of its length.