Definition of pea jacket in English:

pea jacket

(also pea coat)


  • A short double-breasted overcoat of coarse woollen cloth, formerly worn by sailors.

    • ‘She grabbed her long, black pea coat, slipped on her sneakers, swung on her deep red backpack, and scurried out the door.’
    • ‘Don it with just about any type of outerwear: a leather jacket, a pea coat, and most definitely a parka.’
    • ‘He had dark hair dyed unrealistically black and always wore a fuzzy faded pea jacket.’
    • ‘He reached into his pea jacket and held up a small digital camera.’
    • ‘Tory shivered and buttoned up her black pea coat.’
    • ‘‘Just one more minute,’ Elizabeth rushed off to put on her white pea coat and a warm green scarf and mittens to keep her from getting a chill.’
    • ‘So, I grabbed my black pea coat and dashed out the front door.’
    • ‘Just then a lean, swarthy guy in a white sailor's cap and navy pea coat walked in.’
    • ‘I recently came across a cashmere/wool pea coat in a clothing store that was labelled as being navy.’
    • ‘Jackets are mostly single-breasted (not many are seen in double-breasted styles), and even pea coats are in style.’
    • ‘The audience was eerily consistent: tousled men in '50s eyewear, artsy chicks in knee socks and pea coats.’
    • ‘It's not as cold outside as it was yesterday, but she's feels less warm than she expects to, and attributes it to the thin cotton blouse she wears under her pea coat.’
    • ‘The styles range from a classic wool-cashmere pea coat to a reversible shearling jacket.’
    • ‘I silently thanked Elliot for urging me to bring my black and white polka dotted pea coat.’
    • ‘I hide the purple pea coat under my wet yellow raincoat, dash back into the restaurant, go straight for the ladies room.’
    • ‘Josie stood beside Jude in her gray dress, black pea coat, black tights and shoes, and a black ribbon pulling back her hair into a ponytail.’
    • ‘I looked down at myself, at my dark jeans, pea coat and mitten encased hands and I realized my problem.’
    • ‘The man was holding a piece of paper and a valise, wearing a large black hat and a pea coat.’
    • ‘I put on a nice sweater, khakis, my grey pea coat, and some nice black shoes.’
    • ‘The boys ran through the hallways, wrapped in pea coats and scarves, mittens and earmuffs.’


Early 18th century: probably from Dutch pijjakker, from pij coat of coarse cloth + jekker jacket. The change in the ending was due to association with jacket.