jerkin

[jur-kin]
noun
a close-fitting jacket or short coat, usually sleeveless, as one of leather worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Origin:
1510–20; origin uncertain

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jerkin (ˈdʒɜːkɪn)
 
n
1.  a sleeveless and collarless short jacket worn by men or women
2.  a man's sleeveless and collarless fitted jacket, often made of leather, worn in the 16th and 17th centuries
 
[C16: of unknown origin]

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jerkin
1519, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Du. jurk "a frock," but this is a modern word, itself of unknown origin.
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And his nakedness is ofttimes so much, as many times a leather jerkin gashed serves him at once for a shirt and ornament.
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