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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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  • "Sambo," he at length exclaimed, addressing the man in the pea-jacket for the first time.

    Matilda Montgomerie Major (John) Richardson
  • But I pulled my cap down over my eyes and buttoned up my pea-jacket.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • “And very wet it seems to have made you,” said Holmes laying his hand upon the arm of the pea-jacket.

  • He was dressed in a pea-jacket and dungaree pants, but had no boots.

  • Forthwith he divested himself of his pea-jacket and stood ready for the final task.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • Fortunate it was for him, that the cloth of his pea-jacket was not of the best quality.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • “There,” cried Gunson, taking off the pea-jacket he wore, and throwing it to Esau.

    To The West George Manville Fenn
  • He flung off his pea-jacket and possessed himself of An-ina's chair.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • There was quite a suburban touch in a woman in evening dress being escorted by a man in a pea-jacket.

    The Red Symbol John Ironside
  • Put on your worst suit of clothes, and throw your pea-jacket into the boat.

    The Congo Rovers Harry Collingwood
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

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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