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Jacket (1)

short, outer coat of a basic type, generally a component of a men's or ladies' suit. Is typically lined (a summer j. is semi-lined), but may also be without lining. Always has long sleeves, a lapel collar, and pockets. Its length, which typically reaches beyond the waist, is subject to fashion. May be single- or double-breasted. Has its origins in England, where it was first worn at the end of the 19th century. Its predecessor was the tight-fitting Gothic jerkin, which over the centuries underwent many changes before it attained its later form.



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