One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short jacket worn by a military officer on formal occasions.
- ‘She pulled away from him, her hand lingering on the snow-white fabric of the dress mess jacket.’
- ‘Angus Birrell, a grandly mustachioed colour sergeant and former Royal Scot who bustles about in a bright red mess jacket and tartan trousers, estimates there were as many as two dozen in Edinburgh after the second world war.’
- ‘They are also seeking donations of pace sticks, Sam Browne belts, white mess jackets and khaki polyester uniforms.’
- ‘Officers had the blue coat by 1909, now worn with a cloth belt, plus the 1839 sixteen-button mess jacket and 1825 Mameluke sword from the Barbary Wars.’
- ‘There is no equal for the elegance of the Army White Mess Jacket.’
mess jacket/ˈmes ˌjakət/
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