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

  • n. See pea jacket.

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  • n. A coat of heavy, navy-coloured wool, originally worn by sailors of European navies.


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  • A pea coat (or pea jacket, pilot jacket) is an outer coat, generally of a navy-colored heavy wool, originally worn by sailors of European navies. Pea coats are characterized by broad lapels, double-breasted fronts, often large wooden buttons, and vertical or slash pockets. Although it first appeared in the early 18th century, modern renditions still maintain the original design and composition.

    February 3, 2008