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

Definition of jerkin

: a close-fitting hip-length usually sleeveless jacket

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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 Jerkins recently wrapped his first season as supervising music producer for the Fox television series Empire. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Apple's Larry Jackson, Icon Clarence Avant to Be Honored; Rodney Jerkins Signs New Act," 9 June 2017 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

origin unknown

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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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