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A jacket is a type of sleaved hip- or waist-length garment for the upper body. For clothing older than the mid-nineteenth century, a distinction is often maintained with a coat, but in many instances the terms are now interchangeable. A jacket is generally shorter, ending just below the waist,[1] and often lighter. Some jackets are fashionable, while others serve as protective clothing.

The term comes from the French jaquette, which means either a man's morning coat or the jacket of a lady's suit.

List of jackets

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  • Arctic jacket, or anorak (in the United Kingdom) or parka, a hooded jacket for very cold climates
  • Ball jacket, often specified as a baseball jacket or football jacket, a casual jacket with knitted cuffs, collar, and waistband and a zippered front
  • Blazer, similar to but more casual than a suit jacket; single- or double-breasted of sturdy material, commonly with metal buttons.
  • Bolero, a very short jacket for women, originally worn by matadors
  • Car coat the main distinguishing features of a car coat are the AAA-line style, flat front, and mid thigh length
  • Chef's jacket
  • Donkey jacket
  • Doublet (clothing)
  • Down jacket, a quilted jacket filled with down feathers
  • Duster coat
  • Eisenhower jacket, a waist-length, fitted, military-inspired jacket with a waistband based on the World War II British Army's Battle Dress jacket introduced by General Dwight Eisenhower
  • Eton Jacket, similar to a tailcoat but cut off just below the waist, worn as the school uniform of boys under 5'4" at Eton College until 1976 and at many other English schools, particularly choir schools[2]
  • Field Jacket, a jacket that is worn by soldiers on the battlefield or doing duties in cold weather. The field jacket came about during World War 2 with the US Army introducing the M-1941 and the M-1943 field jacket and issued the jacket to their troops. The most well-known and the most popular type of military field jacket that is on the market today is the M-1965 or M-65 field jacket which came into US military service in 1965
  • Flak jacket
  • Fleece jacket, a casual jacket made of synthetic wool such as Polar Fleece
  • Flight jacket, also known as a bomber jacket
  • Jeans jacket or denim jacket, a jacket falling slightly below the waist, usually of denim, with buttoned band cuffs like a shirt and a waistband that can be adjusted by means of buttons. Also called Levi's jacket (see Levi's)
  • Jerkin
  • Kilt jacket, one of several styles of traditional Scottish jacket worn with the kilt, including the Argyll jacket, the Prince Charlie jacket, and a type of tweed jacket
  • Lab coat, a knee-length simple coat, almost always white, worn by scientists, students and researchers in laboratories
  • Leather jacket
  • Life jacket
  • Manteau, a loose cloak or mantle, often used to refer to the long overcoats worn by women in Iran
  • Medical coat, similar to lab coat, worn by physicians (also termed white coat)
  • Mess jacket, a nearly waist-length fitted formal coat worn as full-dress military uniform evening wear, especially in the British Army. Often brightly coloured and trimmed.
  • Motorcycle jacket, a leather jacket, usually black, worn by motorcycle riders; originally to mid-thigh, now usually to a fitted waist
  • Nehru jacket
  • Norfolk jacket
  • Pea coat, a heavy wool double-breasted hip-length jacket worn by sailors, or a coat styled like this
  • Rain jacket, a short rain coat
  • Raincoat, a water-resistant or water proof coat, often belted
  • Reefing jacket or reefer, a type of pea coat
  • Riding jacket, part of a riding habit
  • Leather jacket, also known as a motorcycle jacket
  • Satin jacket, a type of ball jacket made of satin and popular in the 1950s
  • Smoking jacket
  • Spencer jacket, a high-waisted jacket dating to the Regency period
  • Sportcoat (US) or Sports jacket (UK), a tailored jacket, similar in cut to a suit coat but more utilitarian, originally casual wear for hunting, riding, and other outdoor sports; specific types include a shooting jacket and hacking jacket
  • Sports jacket, also known as a sports coat
  • Straitjacket
  • Suit jacket
  • Track jacket, also known as a speed jacket
  • Varsity jacket also known as a letter jacket or letterman jacket
  • Walking coat, a women's tailored coat of about knee-length, generally to be worn over trousers
  • Mackintosh
  • Windbreaker (N. American, Japan) or windcheater (UK)
  • 7/8 coat, a women's dress coat several inches shorter than the currently fashionable skirt length

See also


  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 1971
  2. ^ The Eton Suit

Source material

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The Jacket
by Rudyard Kipling
From Barrack-Room Ballads (Second Series), 1896.


Through the Plagues of Egyp' we was chasin' Arabi,
   Gettin' down an' shovin' in the sun;
An' you might 'ave called us dirty, an' you might ha' called us dry,
   An' you might 'ave 'eard us talkin' at the gun.
But the Captain 'ad 'is jacket, an' the jacket it was new —
   ('Orse Gunners, listen to my song!)
An' the wettin' of the jacket is the proper thing to do,
   Nor we didn't keep 'im waitin' very long.

One day they gave us orders for to shell a sand redoubt,
   Loadin' down the axle-arms with case;
But the Captain knew 'is dooty, an' he took the crackers out
   An' he put some proper liquor in its place.
An' the Captain saw the shrapnel, which is six-an'-thirty clear.
   ('Orse Gunners, listen to my song!)
"Will you draw the weight," sez 'e, "or will you draw the beer?"
   An' we didn't keep 'im waitin' very long.

     For the Captain, etc.

Then we trotted gentle, not to break the bloomin' glass,
   Though the Arabites 'ad all their ranges marked;
But we dursn't 'ardly gallop, for the most was bottled Bass,
   An' we'd dreamed of it since we was disembarked:
So we fired economic with the shells we 'ad in 'and,
   ('Orse Gunners, listen to my song!)
But the beggars under cover 'ad the impidence to stand,
   An' we couldn't keep 'em waitin' very long.

     And the Captain, etc.

So we finished 'arf the liquor (an' the Captain took champagne),
   An' the Arabites was shootin' all the while;
An' we left our wounded 'appy with the empties on the plain,
   An' we used the bloomin' guns for pro-jec-tile!
We limbered up an' galloped — there were nothin' else to do —
   ('Orse Gunners, listen to my song!)
An' the Battery came a-boundin' like a boundin' kangaroo,
   But they didn't watch us comin' very long.

     As the Captain, etc.

We was goin' most extended — we was drivin' very fine,
   An' the Arabites were loosin' 'igh an' wide,
Till the Captain took the glassy with a rattlin' right incline,
   An' we dropped upon their 'eads the other side.
Then we give 'em quarter — such as 'adn't up and cut,
   ('Orse Gunners, listen to my song!)
An' the Captain stood a limberful of fizzy — somethin' Brutt,
   But we didn't leave it fizzing very long.

     For the Captain, etc.

We might ha' been court-martialled, but it all come out all right
   When they signalled us to join the main command.
There was every round expended, there was every gunner tight,
   An' the Captain waved a corkscrew in 'is 'and.

     But the Captain 'ad 'is jacket, etc.

PD-icon.svg This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1936, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

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