Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A short, tight-fitting jacket, traditionally worn by sailors.
  • n. See mess jacket.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of close-fit jacket worn by sailors
  • n. A semiformal lightweight jacket, usually made of nylon, with striped cuffs and neck, similar to an MA-1 flight jacket.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a short closely fitting jacket, worn by sailors.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A short close-fitting coat or jacket, generally made of stout material, as pilot-cloth, much worn by sailors in cold weather; a Guernsey frock.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. waist-length jacket tapering to a point at the back; worn by officers in the mess for formal dinners

Etymologies

From its resemblance to the jacket worn by an organ grinder's monkey.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Hey! I found this in a song recently, "Banks of Newfoundland."

    *steals it*

    Lyrics are something like
    "When you sail on them packet boats,
    No dungaree jackets wear
    But have a big monkey jacket all ready to your hand
    For there blow some cold northwesters on the banks of Newfoundland."

    July 23, 2008

  • We were fain to button up our monkey jackets, and hold to our lips cups of scalding tea with our half frozen fingers.

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 3

    July 23, 2008