Definitions for monkey jacket
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Ref: mess jacket.
Origin of monkey jacket:
1820–30; so called from its resemblance to the jacket worn by an organ-grinder's monkey
mess jacket, monkey jacket, shell jacket(noun)
waist-length jacket tapering to a point at the back; worn by officers in the mess for formal dinners
A type of close-fit jacket worn by sailors
A semiformal lightweight jacket, usually made of nylon, with striped cuffs and neck, similar to an MA-1 flight jacket.
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