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
  1. noun
    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
  2. noun
    an outer wrapping or casing
    “phonograph records were sold in cardboard jackets
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    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
  3. noun
    the outer skin of a potato
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    peel, skin
    the rind of a fruit or vegetable
  4. noun
    the tough metal shell casing for certain kinds of ammunition
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    case, casing, shell
    the housing or outer covering of something
  5. noun
    (dentistry) dental appliance consisting of an artificial crown for a broken or decayed tooth
    synonyms: cap, crown, crownwork, jacket crown
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    dental appliance
    a device to repair teeth or replace missing teeth
  6. verb
    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
  7. verb
    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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