jacket

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noun

jack·​et ˈja-kət How to pronounce jacket (audio)
1
a
: a garment for the upper body usually having a front opening, collar, lapels, sleeves, and pockets
b
: something worn or fastened around the body but not for use as clothing
2
a(1)
: the natural covering of an animal
(2)
: the fur or wool of a mammal
b
: the skin of a potato
3
: an outer covering or casing: such as
a(1)
: a thermally nonconducting cover
(2)
: a covering that encloses an intermediate space through which a temperature-controlling fluid circulates
(3)
: a tough cold-worked metal casing that forms the outer shell of a built-up bullet
b(1)
: a wrapper or open envelope for a document
(2)
: an envelope for enclosing registered mail during delivery from one post office to another
c(1)
: a detachable protective cover for a book
(2)
: a paper or cardboard envelope for a phonograph record
jacketless adjective

jacket

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verb

jacketed; jacketing; jackets

transitive verb

: to put a jacket on : enclose in or with a jacket

Example Sentences

Noun a suit with a double-breasted jacket slip the art book into its jacket so it won't get dirty
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Santos is the man in the crewneck sweater and the sport jacket: entitled, privileged. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2023 Here, the riding jacket was a key theme, constructed in gleaming silken tweeds above gamine miniskirts and youthful skorts. Thomas Adamson, ajc, 24 Jan. 2023 If pulling off plays that few people have seen is cool, then Fisher is the high school basketball version of Fonzie, minus the motorcycle and leather jacket. Matt Le Cren, Chicago Tribune, 20 Jan. 2023 Specifically, the designer's twist on the chore jacket with extra-spacious pockets and cooly oversized drop-shoulders. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Jan. 2023 Thanks to its durability and rugged good looks, the jacket is a bestseller in Huckberry's lineup and one of our favorite pieces of workwear. Danny Perez, Popular Mechanics, 18 Jan. 2023 The gray winter jacket and black snow pants were found by shelter staff in the recycling bin outside the shelter and turned over to police on Jan. 9. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 17 Jan. 2023 The jacket has since been seen in a variety of promotional stills released through the streaming service. Jon Gugala, Men's Health, 16 Jan. 2023 The young mother and Rosalie helped the woman out of her seat and onto the jacket. Yiyun Li, The New Yorker, 16 Jan. 2023
Verb
Spotted out running errands in Los Angeles this week, the 25-year-old model served up an eye-catching look that made her moto jacket the centrepiece. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 11 Nov. 2022 Any large bones needed to be jacketed, which involves digging a trough around the finding and wrapping the entire fossil in long strips of wet plaster. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, 25 Sep. 2019 The video, which premiered with the single, features Cabello as a diner waitress and Mendes as a leather jacketed James Dean-type. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 21 June 2019 Townes told reporters that Porter Moser, the checker-jacketed, square-jawed coach of the Ramblers, asked his players to keep their heads held high in his postgame speech. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, 31 Mar. 2018 Restaurant kitchens offered him the chance to work with ingredients and equipment that weren’t available to him at home, like black truffles or a steam jacketed kettle. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, 19 Dec. 2017 The company is straight-jacketed by the government’s insistence on a financial return from the network, even though as a wholesaler NBN Co. can’t sell directly to the public and set the final price of a connection. Angus Whitley, Bloomberg.com, 4 Oct. 2017 These outspoken pals, known collectively as The Chauvinists, include a retired Army colonel, a French philosophy student, a leather-jacketed rowdy named Fast Eddie and an elderly fisherman. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 25 Sep. 2017 The scuba-like little white dress was complete with a moto collar reminiscent of the biker jackets worn by stylish women all over the French capital. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, 13 July 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English jaket, from Anglo-French jackés, plural, diminutive of Middle French jaque short jacket, from jacques peasant, from the name Jacques James

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jacket was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near jacket

Cite this Entry

“Jacket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jacket. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

jacket

noun
jack·​et
ˈjak-ət
1
: a garment for the upper body usually having a front opening, collar, and sleeves
2
: an outer covering or casing: as
a
: a tough metal covering on a bullet or projectile
b
: a coating or covering of a nonconducting material used to prevent heat radiation
c
: an outer paper wrapper on a bound book
jacketed
-ət-əd
adjective

Medical Definition

jacket

noun
jack·​et ˈjak-ət How to pronounce jacket (audio)
1
: a rigid covering that envelops the upper body and provides support, correction, or restraint
2

Legal Definition

jacket

noun
jack·​et
: a standard insurance policy to which other coverage or exclusions may be attached

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