Shirt vs. Jacket

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Main Difference

The main difference between Shirt and Jacket is that the Shirt is a garment for the upper body and Jacket is a clothing for the upper body.

  • Shirt

    A shirt is a cloth garment for the upper body (from the neck to the waist).

    Originally an undergarment worn exclusively by men, it has become, in American English, a catch-all term for a broad variety of upper-body garments and undergarments. In British English, a shirt is more specifically a garment with a collar, sleeves with cuffs, and a full vertical opening with buttons or snaps (North Americans would call that a “dress shirt”, a specific type of “collared shirt”). A shirt can also be worn with a necktie under the shirt collar.

  • Jacket

    A jacket is a mid-stomach–length garment for the upper body. A jacket typically has sleeves, and fastens in the front or slightly on the side. A jacket is generally lighter, tighter-fitting, and less insulating than a coat, which is outerwear. Some jackets are fashionable, while others serve as protective clothing.

  • Shirt (noun)

    An worn on the upper part of the body, and often has sleeves, either long or short, that cover the arms.

  • Shirt (noun)

    a member of the shirt-wearing team.

  • Shirt (verb)

    To cover or clothe with a shirt, or as if with a shirt.

  • Jacket (noun)

    A piece of clothing worn on the upper body outside a shirt or blouse, often waist length to thigh length.

  • Jacket (noun)

    A piece of a person’s suit, beside trousers and, sometimes, waistcoat; coat US

  • Jacket (noun)

    A removable or replaceable protective or insulating cover for an object (e.g. a book, hot water tank.)

  • Jacket (noun)

    A police record.

  • Jacket (noun)

    In ordnance, a strengthening band surrounding and reinforcing the tube in which the charge is fired.

  • Jacket (noun)

    The tough outer skin of a baked potato.

    “Cook the potatoes in their jackets.”

  • Jacket (verb)

    To enclose or encase in a jacket or other covering.

  • Shirt (noun)

    a garment for the upper body made of cotton or a similar fabric, with a collar and sleeves, and with buttons down the front

    “tonight he’s smartly dressed in shirt and tie”

  • Shirt (noun)

    a garment similar to a shirt, made of stretchable material and typically having a short row of buttons at the neck, worn as casual wear or for sports

    “a rugby shirt”

  • Shirt (noun)

    used to refer to membership of a particular sports team

    “Smith increased his chances of a Great Britain shirt with a penalty shot save”

Oxford Dictionary

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