This article is about the garment. For other uses, see Jacket (disambiguation).

A sports jacket, known as a “sport coat” in the U.S.

A jacket is a mid-stomach–length garment for the upper body.[1] A jacket typically has sleeves, and fastens in the front or slightly on the side. A jacket is generally lighter, tighter-fitting, and less insulating than a coat, which is outerwear. Some jackets are fashionable, while others serve as protective clothing.


1 Etymology
2 List of jackets
3 See also
4 References

The word jacket comes from the French word jaquette. The term comes from the Middle French noun jaquet, which refers to a small or lightweight tunic.[2] In Modern French, jaquette is synonymous with jacket. Speakers of American English sometimes informally use the words jacket and coat interchangeably.[3]

Nylon bomber jacket, also in leather

List of jackets [edit]

Atilla, a fancy, braided Hungarian shell-jacket or short coat, decorated with lace and knots
Ball jacket, often specified as a baseball jacket or football jacket, a casual jacket with knitted cuffs, collar, and waistband and a zippered front
Bed jacket, a jacket made from lightweight material designed to be worn in bed
Blazer, similar to but more casual than a suit jacket; single- or double-breasted of sturdy material, commonly with metal buttons.
Blouson, a military-style waist length jacket.
Bolero, a very short jacket for women, originally worn by matadors
Bomber jacket, a blouson originally designed for US aircrews in leather or nylon.
Brunswick, a two-piece woman’s gown of the mid-eighteenth century.
Caraco, a woman’s jacket of the 18th century.
Chef’s jacket
Dinner jacket, part of the black-tie dress code of evening formal wear. Also known as a Dinner suit and a Tuxedo.
Donkey jacket
Doublet (clothing)
Down jacket, a quilted jacket filled with down feathers
Eisenhower jacket, a waist-length, fitted, military-inspired jacket with a waistband based on the World War II British Army’s Battle Dress jacket introduced by General Dwight Eisenhower
Field jacket, a jacket that is worn by soldiers on the battlefield or doing duties in cold weather. The field jacket came about during World War II with the US Army introducing the M-1941 and the M-1943 field jacket and issued the jacket to their troops. The most well-known and the most popular type of military field jacket that is on the market today is the M-1965 or M-65 field jacket which came into US milit