mid-15c., from M.Fr. jaquet
, dim. of O.Fr. jaque
, a kind of tunic, probably from Jacque
, the male proper name, also the generic name of a French peasant (see jacquerie
), but possibly associated with jaque (de mailles)
"short, tight-fitting coat," originally "coat of mail," from Sp. jaco
, from Arabic shakk
"a short, close-fitting upper garment" is attested in English from late 14c. Meaning "paper wrapper of a book" is first attested 1894.