life jacket


: a life preserver in the form of a buoyant vest

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Those under 13 had to be accompanied by an adult and all participants were required to wear a life jacket. Marina Johnson, Detroit Free Press, 19 Mar. 2023 More important, never let your guard down, don’t take unnecessary risks, always wear a life jacket and be ready to react should a dicey situation arise. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 19 June 2022 But Cameron eventually finds a scenario where Jack is able to get on the raft and potentially survive if Rose gives him her life jacket. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 2 Feb. 2023 Kentucky law says all children 12 and under must wear their life jacket when boating. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 30 June 2021 The survivor, according to the Coast Guard, told investigators that no one on the overturned vessel was wearing a life jacket. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 24 July 2022 Of brazenly putting on your own life jacket before helping others with theirs. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 5 July 2021 An officer is seen shattering the window of a white car halfway under water to extricate the woman, place her in a life jacket and guide her to safety. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 29 Sep. 2022 Burns showed framed portraits of Bonnie and himself smiling and their son Gregory in a life jacket on the water. Claire Parker, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of life jacket was in 1883

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Cite this Entry

“Life jacket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Kids Definition

life jacket

: a life preserver that is worn like a jacket or vest
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