A jacket is a lightweight or cropped coat. Most jackets end at your waist or hips, while coats can be much longer. If you have outerwear made of denim or leather, feel free to call them jackets.

Jackets are generally long-sleeved and fasten with zippers, snaps, or buttons down the front. Other meanings of jacket generally include the sense of "outer covering," like a book jacket or the insulating jacket around your house's pipes. The word comes from the Middle French jaquet, "short coat with sleeves," from the Old French jacque, "tunic."

Definitions of jacket

n a short coat

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banian, banyan
a loose fitting jacket; originally worn in India
bed jacket
a lightweight jacket worn over bedclothes (as when sitting in bed)
blazer, sport coat, sport jacket, sports coat, sports jacket
lightweight single-breasted jacket; often striped in the colors of a club or school
a short jacket; worn mostly by women
bomber jacket
a jacket gathered into a band at the waist
bush jacket
a loose fitting jacket; resembles a shirt with four patch pockets and a belt
dolman, dolman jacket
a hussar's jacket worn over the shoulders
donkey jacket
a short thick jacket; often worn by workmen
double-breasted jacket
a jacket having fronts that overlap enough for two separate rows of buttons
a man's close-fitting jacket; worn during the Renaissance
dressing sack, dressing sacque
a woman's loose jacket; worn while dressing
Eton jacket
a jacket hanging to the waist and cut square at the bottom
a woman's fitted jacket
a tight sleeveless and collarless jacket (often made of leather) worn by men in former times
a loose jacket or blouse worn by workmen
lumber jacket, lumberjack
a short warm outer jacket
Mao jacket
a light weight jacket with a high collar; worn by Mao Zedong and the Chinese people during his regime
mess jacket, monkey jacket, shell jacket
waist-length jacket tapering to a point at the back; worn by officers in the mess for formal dinners
Norfolk jacket
loose-fitting single-breasted jacket
anorak, parka, windbreaker, windcheater
a kind of heavy jacket (`windcheater' is a British term)
pea jacket, peacoat
a sailor's heavy woolen double-breasted jacket
sack, sacque
a woman's full loose hiplength jacket
single-breasted jacket
a jacket having fronts that overlap only enough for a single row of buttons
morning coat, swallow-tailed coat, swallowtail
a man's full-dress jacket with two long tapering tails at the back
lightweight parka; waterproof
ski jacket, ski parka
a parka to be worn while skiing
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an outer garment that has sleeves and covers the body from shoulder down; worn outdoors

n an outer wrapping or casing

“phonograph records were sold in cardboard jackets
record jacket
the jacket for a phonograph record
book jacket, dust cover, dust jacket, dust wrapper
a paper jacket for a book; a jacket on which promotional information is usually printed
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wrap, wrapper, wrapping
the covering (usually paper or cellophane) in which something is wrapped

n the outer skin of a potato

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peel, skin
the rind of a fruit or vegetable

n the tough metal shell casing for certain kinds of ammunition

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case, casing, shell
the housing or outer covering of something

n (dentistry) dental appliance consisting of an artificial crown for a broken or decayed tooth

cap, crown, crownwork, jacket crown
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dental appliance
a device to repair teeth or replace missing teeth

v put a jacket on

“The men were jacketed
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apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
provide with clothes or put clothes on

v provide with a thermally non-conducting cover

“The tubing needs to be jacketed
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provide with a covering or cause to be covered

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