Definition of jerkin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒəːkɪn/


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1A sleeveless jacket.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with jerkin

firkin, gherkin, merkin, Perkin

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