Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sleeveless jacket similar to a waistcoat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A waistcoat or vest; in English, particularly in dressmaking, the front of a bodice or waist of a woman's dress, so made as somewhat to resemble a man's waistcoat.

Etymologies

French, from Arabic جليقة (jalikah), ultimately from Turkish yelek. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Under the Justacorps the soldier wore an additional garment called a gilet, which was really worn as a vest.

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  • The sweat 'gilet' he donned on my birthday night out in Mojo made a comeback!!

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  • He discreetly lifts the hood on his gilet* and covers his face.

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  • If you can't swallow the whole trend, try the beige fantasy-fur gilet, £ 550.

    The Great Winter Coat

  • Knit real rabbit fur vest/gilet/with raccoon fur collar

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  • Next are clothes with their sleeves sliced off: best are cardigans at Missoni (their knits are on fire) and a utility-style gilet at Bottega Veneta with loads of pockets.

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  • My husband favours a toad coloured gilet manufactured about the same time as the first metal skis.

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  • Je lui retire aussi son gilet fait de dizaine de bout de tissu arrachés et me voila avec une Pullip d'un charme certain ... "une enfant de la nature" c ce qui m'est passé par la tete en la voyant, là, la tete basse, discrete, timide avec son regard en coin ...

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  • J'me suis acheté des pitit haut freddy griffe de la nuit, un gilet freddy griffe de la nuit et ...... un pitit haut col mao que je suis beau la dedans quel beau gosse ce pinku (une vraie gonzesse)

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  • En parlant de voiture le cadeau de fin d'annee d'mes parents a l'usine ct un gilet de securité et un triangle pour mettre dans la voiture ....

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  • "There's a pair of them; one in a down-stuffed gilet, the other in flowerpot hat and blood-red spectacles."
    London Orbital by Iain Sinclair, p 250 of the Penguin paperback edition

    February 5, 2012