Definition of pea jacket in US English:

pea jacket

noun

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

    • ‘The boys ran through the hallways, wrapped in pea coats and scarves, mittens and earmuffs.’
    • ‘I recently came across a cashmere/wool pea coat in a clothing store that was labelled as being navy.’
    • ‘The styles range from a classic wool-cashmere pea coat to a reversible shearling jacket.’
    • ‘She grabbed her long, black pea coat, slipped on her sneakers, swung on her deep red backpack, and scurried out the door.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So, I grabbed my black pea coat and dashed out the front door.’
    • ‘The audience was eerily consistent: tousled men in '50s eyewear, artsy chicks in knee socks and pea coats.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘The man was holding a piece of paper and a valise, wearing a large black hat and a pea coat.’
    • ‘He reached into his pea jacket and held up a small digital camera.’
    • ‘Just then a lean, swarthy guy in a white sailor's cap and navy pea coat walked in.’
    • ‘Don it with just about any type of outerwear: a leather jacket, a pea coat, and most definitely a parka.’
    • ‘I looked down at myself, at my dark jeans, pea coat and mitten encased hands and I realized my problem.’
    • ‘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 put on a nice sweater, khakis, my grey pea coat, and some nice black shoes.’
    • ‘Jackets are mostly single-breasted (not many are seen in double-breasted styles), and even pea coats are in style.’
    • ‘He had dark hair dyed unrealistically black and always wore a fuzzy faded pea jacket.’
    • ‘Tory shivered and buttoned up her black pea coat.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

pea jacket

/ˈpiˌdʒækət//ˈpēˌjakət/