monkey jacket


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monkey jacket

n.
1. A short, tight-fitting jacket, traditionally worn by sailors.

[From its resemblance to the jacket worn by an organ grinder's monkey.]
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monkey jacket

n
(Clothing & Fashion) a short close-fitting jacket, esp a waist-length jacket similar to a mess jacket
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mess′ jack`et


n.
a close-fitting, waist-length jacket worn by men esp. as part of a uniform.
[1890–95]
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Noun1.monkey jacket - waist-length jacket tapering to a point at the backmonkey jacket - waist-length jacket tapering to a point at the back; worn by officers in the mess for formal dinners
jacket - a short coat
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References in classic literature ?
After thinking some time on the bed-side, I got up and took off my monkey jacket, and then stood in the middle of the room thinking.
We were fain to button up our monkey jackets, and hold to our lips cups of scalding tea with our half frozen fingers.
Here are the last two stanzas of "The Undressing," spoken by George Polgreen Bridgetower, circa 1790: Sir Monkey Jacket, monkey-red; adieu shirt, tart and bright as the lemons the Prince once let me touch.