Is it a jacket or coat or both?

Recently while at work at an undisclosed offshore secret agency, my co workers and I fell upon a conundrum. One of the was wearing a coat, or that’s what I said. He said he was wearing a jacket. Now hold on mister, let’s take a trip down Google lane and figure this out. With another coworker who had my back we sent off down the trip that would change our lives…. or at least our outlook on coats and jackets.

So here is what I found out according to Wikipedia: 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.

Now the definition from Merriam-Webster Dictionary: a :  a garment for the upper body usually having a front opening, collar, lapels, sleeves, and pockets.

Here is what a “coat” is according to Wikipedia:A coat is a long garment worn by both men and women, for warmth or fashion. Coats typically have long sleeves and are open down the front, closing by means of buttons, zippers, toggles, a belt, or a combination of some of these.

Now the definition from Merriam-Webster Dictionary: an outer piece of clothing that can be long or short and that is worn to keep warm or dry.

So in short i will continue to call it a coat because damn, this language is confusing without getting into etymology, or syntax or any of that other garbage.

To make a long post longer we were both right, even though he might never admit that fact the internet does not lie. 😉

So my sweater is a coat but not a jacket. My jacket is coat but not like my sweater is coat. His Long coat could never be a jacket, but chop off the coat tails and you have a nice lounge jacket. This track jacket has no sleeves so its not really a jacket? My coat I only wear indoors so its not outerwear so its not a coat.

Wait one second… So his coat may have been a jacket but wasn’t it also a coat. Damn I’m getting confused and would like your help. Do you use the term Jacket and Coat interchangeably like i do or are each their own separate thing?


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