jer·​kin ˈjər-kən How to pronounce jerkin (audio)
: a close-fitting hip-length usually sleeveless jacket

Examples of jerkin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The star of the painting is the guard’s captain, Michiel de Wael, who wears a yellow jerkin with an icy-blue sash in the foreground. Zachary Fine, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2023 Towering above a river in his jerkin and waders, fly cast, cigar firmly in mouth, was a good way to ruminate on big decisions. The Economist, 12 Dec. 2019 Roof styles included a mix of gable, hip, gambrel and jerkin-head. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, 27 Nov. 2019 His technical skill can be seen in the slight fringe at the hem of the boy’s jerkin, which is stretched taut across his frame and held together by small hooks on his left side, and in the clarity of the characters inscribed on the garment’s trim. Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2019 Layered underneath is a jerkin, a close-fitting jacket, with a red horizontal brocade and doublet. Liesl Bradner,, 10 Feb. 2018 Lampert goes through more costume changes than Lady Gaga at the Super Bowl: a leather motorcycle jacket, a skintight chain-mail shirt, a shiny armored jerkin. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2017 See More

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1519, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jerkin was in 1519

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“Jerkin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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jer·​kin ˈjər-kən How to pronounce jerkin (audio)
: a close-fitting hip-length sleeveless jacket

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