shell jacket
noun Date: 1840 1. a short tight military jacket worn buttoned up the front 2. mess jacket

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  • Shell jacket — Shell Shell, n. [OE. shelle, schelle, AS. scell, scyll; akin to D. shel, Icel. skel, Goth. skalja a tile, and E. skill. Cf. {Scale} of fishes, {Shale}, {Skill}.] 1. A hard outside covering, as of a fruit or an animal. Specifically: (a) The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shell jacket — n. a closefitting semiformal jacket; mess jacket …   English World dictionary

  • Shell jacket — The shell jacket is a garment used as part of a military uniform. [cite book |title= Selections from Calcutta Gazettes of the Years 1784 [ 1823 Inclusive] Showing the Political Social Condition of the English in India|last=|first=|year=… …   Wikipedia

  • shell jacket — shell′ jack et n. clo a close fitting, semiformal jacket, worn in the tropics in place of a tuxedo • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

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

  • shell jacket — a close fitting, semiformal jacket, with a short back, worn in the tropics in place of a tuxedo. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • shell-jacket — tight fitting evening jacket worn on special occasions …   English contemporary dictionary

  • shell jacket — noun an army officer s tight fitting undress jacket reaching to the waist …   English new terms dictionary

  • Shell — Shell, n. [OE. shelle, schelle, AS. scell, scyll; akin to D. shel, Icel. skel, Goth. skalja a tile, and E. skill. Cf. {Scale} of fishes, {Shale}, {Skill}.] 1. A hard outside covering, as of a fruit or an animal. Specifically: (a) The covering, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shell bit — Shell Shell, n. [OE. shelle, schelle, AS. scell, scyll; akin to D. shel, Icel. skel, Goth. skalja a tile, and E. skill. Cf. {Scale} of fishes, {Shale}, {Skill}.] 1. A hard outside covering, as of a fruit or an animal. Specifically: (a) The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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