One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A man's comfortable jacket, typically made of velvet, formerly worn while smoking after dinner.
- ‘He always wears a red smoking jacket and an ascot and a monocle at his parties, and really cool, eclectic people will be there.’
- ‘The great English dandy wears chalkstripe trousers, damask waistcoats, velvet smoking jackets and embroidered leather coats, while combining them with eskimo, parkas, work jackets in leather, cotton and wool.’
- ‘No longer in his emerald silk lapelled jacket, the Professor wore a smoking jacket made of magenta velvet with black piping.’
- ‘I've never had any time for the sort of people who describe themselves as ‘wine enthusiasts’ and wear velvet smoking jackets at home on Friday evenings.’’
- ‘I'm wearing my usual minute-by-minute attire Dave: a maroon crushed velvet smoking jacket, a fez, a monocle, expensive red silk pyjamas and politically incorrect ermine slippers.’
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