Definition of pea jacket in US English:

pea jacket


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

    • ‘I looked down at myself, at my dark jeans, pea coat and mitten encased hands and I realized my problem.’
    • ‘The styles range from a classic wool-cashmere pea coat to a reversible shearling jacket.’
    • ‘The boys ran through the hallways, wrapped in pea coats and scarves, mittens and earmuffs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I recently came across a cashmere/wool pea coat in a clothing store that was labelled as being navy.’
    • ‘Just then a lean, swarthy guy in a white sailor's cap and navy pea coat walked in.’
    • ‘The man was holding a piece of paper and a valise, wearing a large black hat and a pea coat.’
    • ‘She grabbed her long, black pea coat, slipped on her sneakers, swung on her deep red backpack, and scurried out the door.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The audience was eerily consistent: tousled men in '50s eyewear, artsy chicks in knee socks and pea coats.’
    • ‘Don it with just about any type of outerwear: a leather jacket, a pea coat, and most definitely a parka.’
    • ‘I hide the purple pea coat under my wet yellow raincoat, dash back into the restaurant, go straight for the ladies room.’
    • ‘I put on a nice sweater, khakis, my grey pea coat, and some nice black shoes.’
    • ‘Tory shivered and buttoned up her black pea coat.’
    • ‘I silently thanked Elliot for urging me to bring my black and white polka dotted pea coat.’
    • ‘Jackets are mostly single-breasted (not many are seen in double-breasted styles), and even pea coats are in style.’


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.


pea jacket

/ˈpē ˌjakət//ˈpi ˌdʒækət/