Jerkin: likely meaning day jacket

Jerkin: A close fitting jacket, usually without sleeves, worn by men in the sixteenth and seventeenth century.

I have had a request for the origin of the word ‘Jerkin’, the word itself can be traced back to circa 1510 CE but unfortunately its origins are uncertain. The most likely origin is the old French word ‘journe’ which meant ‘day’ likely because the jacket would be worn during the day.

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