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mess jacket

a short, tailless jacket extending to just below the waist, used for semiformal military occasions and now especially as part of the uniform of waiters, bellhops, etc.
Origin of mess jacket
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Besides, after that business of the mess-jacket, anything resembling weakness would have been fatal.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • I am convinced that you will eventually learn to love this mess-jacket, Jeeves.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • But after what had occurred in connection with that mess-jacket, my lips were sealed.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for mess-jacket

mess jacket

a waist-length jacket tapering to a point at the back, worn by officers in the mess for formal dinners
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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