jer·​kin | \ ˈjər-kən How to pronounce jerkin (audio) \

Definition of jerkin

: a close-fitting hip-length usually sleeveless jacket

Examples of jerkin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Obituary: Paul Volcker died on December 8th," 12 Dec. 2019 Roof styles included a mix of gable, hip, gambrel and jerkin-head. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "How Henry Ford helped create historic Dearborn neighborhood that's still popular today," 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, "The first major U.S. show devoted to the artist who helped forge Leonardo da Vinci’s genius," 12 Sep. 2019 Layered underneath is a jerkin, a close-fitting jacket, with a red horizontal brocade and doublet. Liesl Bradner,, "A rare chance to see this Rembrandt self-portrait, up close and personal," 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, "A Protest Musical for the Trump Era," 20 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of jerkin

1519, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jerkin

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“Jerkin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jerkin

: a type of short jacket that has no sleeves and that was worn in the past


jer·​kin | \ ˈjər-kən How to pronounce jerkin (audio) \

Kids Definition of jerkin

: a short sleeveless jacket

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