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Jacket vs. Coat: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
A jacket is a lightweight, shorter garment typically extending to the waist; a coat is heavier, longer, often extending below the waist.
Jacket vs. Coat

Key Differences

Jackets are generally lightweight, designed for moderate weather or fashion, and usually extend to the waist or hips. Coats, in contrast, are heavier, providing more warmth and typically extending below the waist, often to the thighs or longer.
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The design of a jacket is often more casual and can include a variety of styles, such as denim or leather. Coats tend to be more formal and are made with materials like wool or down, designed for colder conditions.
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Jackets often feature a more fitted or tailored cut, with options for light layering underneath. Coats are usually cut to allow for multiple layers beneath, essential for colder weather.
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In terms of functionality, jackets can be specialized for activities like sports or outdoor work, offering flexibility and ease of movement. Coats are generally designed for protection against cold, wind, or rain, prioritizing warmth and coverage over flexibility.
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Fashion trends greatly influence the design and popularity of jackets, with styles changing each season. While coats are also subject to fashion trends, they tend to have more classic styles that remain in fashion for longer periods.
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Comparison Chart

Length

Typically extends to the waist or hips.
Often longer, extending to the thighs or below.
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Weight

Lighter, suitable for moderate weather.
Heavier, designed for cold conditions.
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Style

Casual and varied, including denim or bomber styles.
More formal, often made of wool or down.
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Functionality

Often designed for specific activities or fashion.
Prioritizes warmth and protection against the elements.
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Fashion Trends

Subject to rapid changes in style.
Tends to have more timeless, classic designs.
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Jacket and Coat Definitions

Jacket

A lightweight, waist or hip-length garment for upper body.
He grabbed his leather jacket before heading out on his motorcycle.
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Coat

A layer of paint or similar substance applied to a surface.
The wall required a second coat of paint for even coverage.
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Jacket

A folder or cover used to protect papers.
She placed the important documents in a plastic jacket for safekeeping.
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Coat

The fur or hair covering an animal's body.
The dog's shiny coat showed it was well cared for.
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Jacket

A covering or insulation for something, such as a wire or pipe.
The plumber installed a new jacket around the pipes to prevent freezing.
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Coat

A layer covering or protecting a surface or object.
The coat of varnish protected the wood from moisture damage.
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Jacket

A short coat usually extending to the hips.
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Coat

A sleeved outer garment extending from the shoulders to the waist or below.
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Jacket

The skin of a potato.
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Coat

See suit coat.
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Jacket

The dust jacket of a book or phonograph record.
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Coat

The hair or fur of an animal
A dog with a short coat.
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Jacket

An insulation covering for a steam pipe, wire, boiler, or similar part.
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Coat

The outer covering of a biological structure or organ
A seed coat.
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Jacket

An open envelope or folder for filing papers.
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Coat

The outer covering of a virus.
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Jacket

The outer metal shell or case of a bullet.
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Coat

A layer of material covering something else; a coating
A second coat of paint.
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Jacket

A piece of jewelry or other ornament that attaches to an earring stud.
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Coat

To provide or cover with a coat.
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Jacket

To supply or cover with a jacket.
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Coat

To cover with a layer
Dust coated the table. I coated the wall with paint.
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Jacket

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

(countable) An outer garment covering the upper torso and arms.Wp
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Jacket

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

(countable) A covering of material, such as paint.Wp
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Jacket

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

(countable) The fur or feathers covering an animal's skin.Wp
When the dog shed its coat, it left hair all over the furniture and the carpet.
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Jacket

(slang) A police record.
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Coat

Canvas painted with thick tar and secured round a mast or bowsprit to prevent water running down the sides into the hold (now made of rubber or leather).
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Jacket

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

(obsolete) A petticoat.
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Jacket

The tough outer skin of a baked potato.
Cook the potatoes in their jackets.
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Coat

The habit or vesture of an order of men, indicating the order or office; cloth.
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Jacket

(Jamaica) A bastard child, in particular one whose father is unaware that they are not the child’s biological father.
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Coat

A coat of arms.Wp
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Jacket

(Appalachian) A vestUS; a waistcoat UK
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Coat

A coat card.
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Jacket

To confine (someone) to a straitjacket.
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Coat

(transitive) To cover with a coating of some material.
The frying pan was coated with a layer of non-stick material, making it easier to wash.
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Jacket

(transitive) To enclose or encase in a jacket or other covering.
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Coat

(transitive) To cover like a coat.
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Jacket

A short upper garment, extending downward to the hips; a short coat without skirts.
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Coat

To clothe.
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Jacket

An outer covering for anything, esp. a covering of some nonconducting material such as wood or felt, used to prevent radiation of heat, as from a steam boiler, cylinder, pipe, etc.
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Coat

An outer garment fitting the upper part of the body; especially, such a garment worn by men.
Let eachHis adamantine coat gird well.
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Jacket

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

A petticoat.
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Jacket

A garment resembling a waistcoat lined with cork, to serve as a life preserver; - called also cork jacket.
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Coat

The habit or vesture of an order of men, indicating the order or office; cloth.
Men of his coat should be minding their prayers.
She was sought by spirits of richest coat.
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Jacket

To put a jacket on; to furnish, as a boiler, with a jacket.
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Coat

An external covering like a garment, as fur, skin, wool, husk, or bark; as, the horses coats were sleek.
Fruit of all kinds, in coatRough or smooth rined, or bearded husk, or shell.
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Jacket

To thrash; to beat.
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Coat

A layer of any substance covering another; a cover; a tegument; as, the coats of the eye; the coats of an onion; a coat of tar or varnish.
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Jacket

A short coat
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Coat

Same as Coat of arms. See below.
Hark, countrymen! either renew the fight,Or tear the lions out of England's coat.
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Jacket

An outer wrapping or casing;
Phonograph records were sold in cardboard jackets
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Coat

A coat card. See below.
Here's a trick of discarded cards of us! We were ranked with coats as long as old master lived.
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Jacket

(dentistry) an artificial crown fitted over a broken or decayed tooth
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Coat

To cover with a coat or outer garment.
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Jacket

The outer skin of a potato
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Coat

To cover with a layer of any substance; as, to coat a jar with tin foil; to coat a ceiling.
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Jacket

The tough metal shell casing for certain kinds of ammunition
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Coat

An outer garment that has sleeves and covers the body from shoulder down; worn outdoors
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Jacket

Provide with a thermally non-conducting cover;
The tubing needs to be jacketed
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Coat

A thin layer covering something;
A second coat of paint
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Jacket

Put a jacket on;
The men were jacketed
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Coat

Growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal
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Jacket

A protective and decorative cover for a book, often paper.
The book's jacket featured an intriguing illustration.
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Coat

Put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface;
Coat the cake with chocolate
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Jacket

The outer skin of a baked potato.
He enjoyed his baked potato with a crispy jacket and soft interior.
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Coat

Cover or provide with a coat
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Coat

Form a coat over;
Dirt had coated her face
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Coat

A long garment worn for warmth or as part of a formal outfit.
She wore a woolen coat to stay warm during the winter walk.
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Coat

To cover food with a layer of another substance.
He coated the chicken evenly with breadcrumbs.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What is a jacket?

A jacket is a lightweight upper body garment, typically extending to the waist or hips.
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What materials are jackets commonly made from?

Jackets are made from various materials, including leather, denim, and synthetic fabrics.
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Are coats suitable for formal occasions?

Yes, coats are often designed for formal wear, especially longer, tailored styles.
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What defines a coat?

A coat is a heavier, longer garment for the upper body, often extending below the waist.
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Can coats be waterproof?

Yes, many coats are designed to be waterproof or water-resistant.
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What is a sports jacket?

A sports jacket is a casual jacket designed for comfort and ease of movement.
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Can jackets be worn in winter?

Yes, but they are usually lighter and less warm than coats.
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Do coats always have long sleeves?

Most coats have long sleeves, but there are some designs with shorter or no sleeves.
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Are jackets easy to pack and carry?

Yes, due to their lighter weight and smaller size, jackets are usually easy to pack.
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Can jackets be part of a suit?

Yes, suit jackets are a formal type of jacket worn with matching trousers.
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Are jackets only for casual wear?

Not necessarily, some jackets like blazers are suitable for formal occasions.
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What is a trench coat?

A trench coat is a long, waterproof coat with a belted waist, originally designed for military use.
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What materials are coats typically made from?

Coats are often made from heavier materials like wool, down, or insulated synthetics.
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Do jackets offer as much warmth as coats?

Generally, no. Jackets are lighter and provide less insulation than coats.
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Can a coat be worn over a jacket?

Yes, a coat can be layered over a jacket for extra warmth.
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Do jackets have hoods?

Some jackets have hoods, but it's not a defining feature.
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Are there specific coats for extreme cold?

Yes, parkas and other insulated coats are designed for extreme cold conditions.
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What is a pea coat?

A pea coat is a short, double-breasted coat, often made of wool, originally worn by sailors.
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How are jackets and coats sized?

Both are sized based on chest measurements, but coats may have additional length considerations.
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Can both jackets and coats be tailored?

Yes, both can be tailored for a better fit.
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