Definition of mandarin jacket in US English:

mandarin jacket


  • A plain jacket, typically of embroidered silk, with a mandarin collar.

    • ‘Young scholars bravely wore Western-style suits, abandoning robes and mandarin jackets and cutting their braids.’
    • ‘When the Manchu took control of the country, men were forced to wear long queues and mandarin jackets over their gowns.’
    • ‘During the beginning of spring or late autumn, people usually put a sleeveless waistcoat outside the long gown to replace the mandarin jacket.’
    • ‘Chinese acrobats somersaulted alongside him on the lacquer-red runway, and in their mandarin jackets and pajama pants they got the most wearable outfits in the entire show.’
    • ‘Wearing cheongsams and traditional mandarin jackets, 25 foreign English teachers gathered to share their experiences and bid farewell to their colleagues.’