jackboot

noun jack·boot \ ˈjak-ˌbüt \

Definition of jackboot

1 a : a heavy military boot made of glossy black leather extending above the knee and worn especially during the 17th and 18th centuries
b : a laceless military boot reaching to the calf
2 : the spirit or policy of militarism or totalitarianism

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First Known Use of jackboot

1686

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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  • : a heavy military boot that reaches above the knee


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