Definition of Mae West in English:

Mae West

Line breaks: Mae West
Pronunciation: /meɪ ˈwɛst


informal , dated
An inflatable life jacket, originally as issued to RAF personnel during the Second World War.
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  • Over the clothing we wore a Mae West, then the British parachute and, on top of that lot, came the quick-release Sutton harness.
  • Their flight suits were khaki and they wore yellow Mae West life vests.
  • He was wearing his Mae West life jacket, as he always did on a mission over water, because he couldn't swim.


1940s: from the name of the American film actress Mae West (see West, Mae), noted for her large bust.

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