Monkey-jacket



noun
1.
a short, close-fitting jacket or coat, formerly worn by sailors.
noun
1.
a short close-fitting jacket, esp a waist-length jacket similar to a mess jacket

noun phrase

[fr the fact that monkey was a nautical term for anything small, in this case a short, informal jacket as distinct from a formal frock coat; monkey jackets are also the traditional garb of an organ grinder’s monkey]

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