pea jacket

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 or peacoat (ˈpiːˌkəʊt)
 
n
a sailor's short heavy double-breasted overcoat of navy wool
 
[C18: from Dutch pijjekker, from pij coat of coarse cloth + jekker jacket]
 
peacoat or peacoat
 
n
 
[C18: from Dutch pijjekker, from pij coat of coarse cloth + jekker jacket]

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pea jacket
1721, loan-translation of N.Fris. pijekkat, from Du. pijjekker, from pij "coarse woolen cloth" + jekker "jacket."
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