Definition of jerkin in English:


Line breaks: jer¦kin
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒəːkɪn


  • 1A sleeveless jacket.
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    • A sleeveless, quilted jerkin might be all you need for extra warmth - or a large, woollen wrap instead of a coat.
    • She also decided to take woolen pants and jerkins as well as a thick lined jacket that was waterproofed.
    • Cloaks, sashes, jerkins and gloves lined the very top shelf that went the width of the wardrobe.
  • 1.1 historical A man’s close-fitting jacket, typically made of leather.
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    • The leather jerkin beneath her robe offered Kel a sense of security as she thought of those dangers.
    • What surprised Maria was their lack of armor, except for a few that wore hardened leather jerkins over their tunics.
    • He wore a black leather jerkin over a white long sleeve shirt.


early 16th century: of unknown origin.

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