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peacoat

[pee-koht] /ˈpiˌkoʊt/
noun
Also, pea coat.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90, Americanism; pea (see pea jacket) + coat

pea jacket

noun
1.
a short coat of thick wool, usually double-breasted and navy in color, worn by seamen, fishermen, etc.
2.
a jacket or short coat styled like this, worn by adults and children.
Also called peacoat, pea coat.
Origin
1715-25, Americanism; pea, variant spelling of pay, pee, pie coat of coarse woolen cloth (late Middle English pee, pey, pie; akin to Dutch pij, dialectal Frisian pey, dialectal Swedish paje) + jacket; perhaps modeled on Frisian (N dial.) pijekkat
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pea jacket

/ˈpiːˌkəʊt/
noun
1.
a sailor's short heavy double-breasted overcoat of navy wool
Word Origin
C18: from Dutch pijjekker, from pij coat of coarse cloth + jekker jacket
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Word Origin and History for pea coat

pea jacket

n.

1721, loan-translation of North Frisian pijekkat, from Dutch pijjekker, from pij "coarse woolen cloth" + jekker "jacket." Middle English had pee "coat of coarse, thick wool" (late 15c.). Related: Pea-coat.

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