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

  • n. A close-fitting, hip-length, collarless jacket having no sleeves but often extended shoulders, belted and worn over a doublet by men especially in the 16th century.
  • n. A short, close-fitting, often sleeveless coat or jacket, usually of leather.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of men's garment popular in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: a close-fitting collarless jacket, with or without sleeves.
  • n. A sleeveless jacket, usually leather; a long waistcoat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A jacket or short coat; a close waistcoat.
  • n. A male gyrfalcon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A short close-fitting coat or jacket, worn in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
  • n. A young salmon: same as ginkin.
  • n. The male of the gerfalcon.

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

  • n. a tight sleeveless and collarless jacket (often made of leather) worn by men in former times


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)



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