Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Entry: jerkin (n.)

In context: See previous.

Definition: A garment for the upper part of the body, worn by men in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; a close-fitting jacket, jersey, or short coat, often made of leather. Since c1700 used in literature mainly historically, or in reference to foreign countries; and some dialects for a waistcoat, an under vest, or a loose jacket. Whence in modern use, usu. a sleeveless jacket or waistcoat (see quots.).

Other: And here's something for the fashionable gent.

If you should ever get it muddy, make sure you take your jerkin off outside.

SNOOT score: 1
Page: 310

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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