This article is about the garment. For other uses, see Jacket (disambiguation).
A sports jacket, known as a "sport coat" in the U.S.

A jacket is a mid-stomach–length garment for the upper body.[1] A jacket typically has sleeves, and fastens in the front or slightly on the side. A jacket is generally lighter, tighter-fitting, and less insulating than a coat, which is outerwear. Some jackets are fashionable, while others serve as protective clothing.


The word jacket comes from the French word jaquette. The term comes from the Middle French noun jaquet, which refers to a small or lightweight tunic.[2] In Modern French, jaquette is synonymous with jacket. Speakers of American English sometimes informally use the words jacket and coat interchangeably.[3]

Nylon bomber jacket, also in leather

List of jackets

See also

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  1. Picken, Mary Brooks (1999) [1957]. A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion. Dover Publications. p. 185. ISBN 978-0-486-40294-9.
  2. Harper, Douglas. "jacket". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
  3. Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 1971
  4. The Eton Suit
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