- jacket [jak-it]
- An outer garment, usually shorter than hip length, with sleeves and typically front-opening. Usually more lightweight than a coat; jackets aredesigned to be worn over other clothing, either indoors or outdoors. Lengths vary from above the waist to hip-length.
- Part of a suit, which covers upper part of the body and is usually worn over a shirt, blouse, or camisole; a suit jacket.
HISTORY: Evolved from Jerkin, a garment worn by men in England and France during the 15th through 17th century. 18th-c.: Worn by laborers, apprentices, country people etc., became associated with lower social class. Mid-19th-c.: Accepted by gentlemen as replacement for suit coat. 20th-c.: Variety of styles for casual and formal wear popularized for men, women, and children.
Related Terms: coat, parka, raincoat, slicker, tails, trench, windbreaker
Source: Fairchild Dictionary of Fashion p.303, Dictionary.com, New Oxford American Dictionary