Definitions for jerkinˈdʒɜr kɪn
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a tight sleeveless and collarless jacket (often made of leather) worn by men in former times
A type of garment: a close-fitting collarless jacket, with or without sleeves.
a sleeveless jacket, usually leather; a long waistcoat.
a jacket or short coat; a close waistcoat
a male gyrfalcon
Origin: [Dim. of D. jurk a frock.]
A jerkin is a man's short close-fitting jacket, made usually of light-colored leather, and often without sleeves, worn over the doublet in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The term is also applied to a similar sleeveless garment worn by the British Army in the twentieth century. The stock phrase, buff jerkin, refers to an oiled oxhide jerkin, as worn by soldiers. The origin of the word is unknown. The Dutch word jurk, a child's frock, often taken as the source, is modern, and represents neither the sound nor the sense of the English word.
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