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pea jacket

a short coat of thick wool, usually double-breasted and navy in color, worn by seamen, fishermen, etc.
a jacket or short coat styled like this, worn by adults and children.
Also called peacoat, pea coat.
Origin of pea jacket
late Middle English
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 Unabridged
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  • He hesitated a moment, tossed the pea jacket back on the settee and sat down once more.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • As this melancholy figure wended its way among the palms, I could make out the pea jacket and cheese-cutter cap of Captain Kane.

    The Flying Bo'sun Arthur Mason
  • His pea jacket had many wrinkles in the back and in front it was inclined to roll up toward his chin.

    The Flying Bo'sun Arthur Mason
  • My pea jacket is torn and threadbare, my trousers are frayed at the bottom, and of many colours—like Joseph's coat.

  • This man "came up" in bell-bottomed trousers and a pea jacket.

    At Suvla Bay John Hargrave
British Dictionary definitions for pea jacket

pea jacket

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 jacket

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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