Mae West

noun

: an inflatable life jacket in the form of a collar extending down the chest that was worn by fliers in World War II

Word History

Etymology

Mae West †1980 American actress noted for her full figure

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Mae West was in 1940

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“Mae West.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mae%20West. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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