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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Monkey-jacket a close-fitting jacket, generally made of some stout, coarse material
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old It. monicchio, dim. of Old It. monna, nickname for an old woman, an ape, contr. of It. madonna, mistress.


In literature:

The captain came up the hill, with a man, bringing my monkey jacket and a blanket.
"Two Years Before the Mast" by Richard Henry Dana
We were fain to button up our monkey jackets, and hold to our lips cups of scalding tea with our half frozen fingers.
"Moby Dick; or The Whale" by Herman Melville
Shall I lay aside my respectable dress, to replace it with a monkey-jacket, and become a laughing-stock to all honest men?
"Frederick the Great and His Court" by L. Mühlbach
So the bushranger was inquested and justifiable-homicided as Brummy Usen, and buried again in his dust and blood stains and monkey-jacket.
"While the Billy Boils" by Henry Lawson
And Monkey wants to get one up afore he takes off his jacket for good.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Frank, there, will wear his old monkey jacket, the skirts of which he razeed last winter for the very purpose.
"Warwick Woodlands" by Henry William Herbert (AKA Frank Forester)
Certainly the feathers of the birds were red and green, just the colors of the caps and jackets the monkeys wore.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Aunt Lu's City Home" by Laura Lee Hope
The man in the monkey-jacket was not to be scathed.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
The contractor who made the clothes evidently took the measure of a monkey to make that jacket.
"How Private George W. Peck Put Down The Rebellion or, The Funny Experiences of a Raw Recruit - 1887" by George W. Peck
Pete was still in his stocking cap and Wellington boots, but he had a monkey-jacket over his blue guernsey.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Just a blue serge suit, and a monkey jacket.
"Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon 1893" by Hall Caine
I wanted a sailor's monkey-jacket and an overall.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
He's got knee-britches and a bunch of brass-buttons on his monkey-jacket.
"Whispering Wires" by Henry Leverage
It belonged to a small brown monkey wearing a red jacket and a blue sailor hat.
"Half-Past Bedtime" by H. H. Bashford
The bells began to ring, and Tommy-Bill-beg donned his best petticoat and monkey-jacket, put the carol in his pocket, and went off to church.
"She's All the World to Me" by Hall Caine
Calamity paced up and down the bridge, grim and taciturn as ever, his hands buried in the pockets of his monkey jacket.
"Captain Calamity" by Rolf Bennett