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shell jacket

a close-fitting, semiformal jacket, with a short back, worn in the tropics in place of a tuxedo.
Origin of shell jacket
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His shell jacket had the three yellow bars of a captain on its standing collar, and Drew saluted.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • Lieutenant Doyle was the next witness summoned, and a more God-forsaken-looking fellow never sat in a shell jacket.

    Waring's Peril Charles King
  • I made out the shell jacket, the waist and elongated limbs of a life-guardsman, the open bosom of an able seaman.

    Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for shell jacket

shell jacket

an army officer's waist-length mess jacket
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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