monkey jacket
noun Date: circa 1822 mess jacket

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Monkey jacket — Monkey Mon key, n.; pl. {Monkeys}. [Cf. OIt. monicchio, It. monnino, dim. of monna an ape, also dame, mistress, contr. fr. madonna. See {Madonna}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) In the most general sense, any one of the Quadrumana, including apes, baboons,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • monkey jacket — n. [from the resemblance to coats worn by trained monkeys] Informal a man s short, closefitting jacket; often, specif., MESS JACKET …   English World dictionary

  • Monkey jacket — Civil War era sailor in Monkey Jacket. A monkey jacket is a waist length jacket tapering at the back to a point. Historically monkey jackets were commonly worn by sailors. References Jeans, Peter D. Ship to Shore. ISBN 0874367174 …   Wikipedia

  • monkey jacket — noun a) A type of close fit jacket worn by sailors You bully boys of Liverpool, Ill have you to beware, b) A semiformal lightweight jacket, usually made of nylon, with striped cuffs and neck, similar to an MA 1 flight jacket. When you sail on… …   Wiktionary

  • monkey jacket — a short, close fitting jacket or coat, formerly worn by sailors. [1820 30; so called from its resemblance to a jacket worn by an organ grinder s monkey] * * * …   Universalium

  • monkey jacket — mon′key jack et n. clo mess jacket • Etymology: 1820–30; so called from its resemblance to the jacket worn by an organ grinder s monkey …   From formal English to slang

  • monkey jacket — noun waist length jacket tapering to a point at the back; worn by officers in the mess for formal dinners • Syn: ↑mess jacket, ↑shell jacket • Hypernyms: ↑jacket …   Useful english dictionary

  • monkey jacket — n. mess jacket, shell jacket, tight fitting evening jacket worn as part of a uniform (by officers in the mess for formal dinners) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • monkey jacket — /ˈmʌŋki dʒækət/ (say mungkee jakuht) noun 1. → mess jacket. 2. a short, close fitting jacket, formerly worn by sailors. {from its resemblance to the jackets worn by performing monkeys} …   Australian English dictionary

  • monkey jacket — noun a short, close fitting jacket worn by sailors or waiters or by officers in their mess …   English new terms dictionary

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