monkey jacket

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monkey jacket (plural monkey jackets)

  1. (dated) A type of close-fitting jacket worn by sailors.
    • 1820, Francis Forbes, "The Banks of Newfoundland":
      You bully boys of Liverpool, I'll have you to beware,
      When you sail on them packet ships, no dungaree jumpers wear;
      But have a big monkey jacket all ready to your hand,
      For there blows some cold nor'westers on the Banks of Newfoundland.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick:
      We were fain to button up our monkey jackets, and hold to our lips cups of scalding tea with our half frozen fingers.
  2. A semiformal lightweight jacket, usually made of nylon, with striped cuffs and neck, similar to an MA-1 flight jacket.


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