jack·​et | \ ˈja-kət How to pronounce jacket (audio) \

Definition of jacket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2a(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


jacketed; jacketing; jackets

Definition of jacket (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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jacketless \ -​ləs How to pronounce jacketless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of jacket in a Sentence

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 While greeting well-wishers at Westminster Abbey yesterday, Meghan Markle accidentally smudged her makeup on a veteran's jacket. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Smudged Her Makeup on a Fan's Coat and He Reacted in the Best Way," 8 Nov. 2019 Check out 10 puffer jackets for this up-and-coming winter below. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Shop The Best Puffer Jackets For This Up-And-Coming Winter," 7 Nov. 2019 The jacket-skirt combo was youthful and fresh all on its own, but the actress leaned into the spunky vibe even harder with a cropped tank top styled underneath, as well as hefty combat boots instead of a heel. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Nobody Subverts the Suit Like Kristen Stewart," 6 Nov. 2019 The women favored tight jeans and motorcycle jackets. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, "The Rise and Fall of WeWork," 6 Nov. 2019 And there will be a gift shop, stocked with books, prints and a denim bar so visitors can customize jean jackets with artist pins and patches. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Art Basel 2019: South Florida’s first Museum of Graffiti, predictably, is coming to Wynwood," 5 Nov. 2019 Expand the scope of your fall denim collection beyond jeans and jackets to include a maxi skirt. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "How to Put Together a Perfect Fall Denim Outfit, According to Street Style," 5 Nov. 2019 Someone entered a business in the 700 block of Lake Street through an unlocked rear door and rummaged through employee jackets at 6:05 p.m. Oct. 29. chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park police: Two men rob pedestrian, threaten witness along Austin Boulevard," 4 Nov. 2019 Common appeared in a Microsoft artificial intelligence commercial last year wearing a turtleneck and dark-colored jacket. Alejandro Serrano, SFChronicle.com, "Milpitas teacher wears blackface costume in class on Halloween. He’s now on leave," 4 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes come together for a new single and music video 'Señorita'," 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, "When the tears dried, Loyola realized its place in college basketball lore," 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, "Simple and good flavors are trending in the Mesh kitchen. Try your hand at these recipes!," 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, "Australia Has Slower Internet Than Kenya, Russia and Hungary," 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, "One-Man Comedy Show 'Male Intellect' Appeals To Specific Audience," 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, "Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron Have Entirely Opposite Takes on French Style in Paris," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of jacket


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


1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jacket


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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of jacket

: a piece of clothing that is worn on your upper body over another piece of clothing (such as a shirt) : a usually short and light coat
: a paper cover that protects a book and that can be removed
chiefly US : a paper, cardboard, or plastic envelope for holding a record, CD, or DVD


jack·​et | \ ˈja-kət How to pronounce jacket (audio) \

Kids Definition of jacket

1 : a short coat
2 : an outer cover or casing a book jacket


jack·​et | \ ˈjak-ət How to pronounce jacket (audio) \

Medical Definition of jacket

1 : a rigid covering that envelops the upper body and provides support, correction, or restraint

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Legal Definition of jacket

: a standard insurance policy to which other coverage or exclusions may be attached

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