Question: Why are pea coats called pea coats?

According to a 1975 edition of the Mariners Mirror, the term pea coat originated from the Dutch or West Frisian word pijjekker or pijjakker, in which pij referred to the type of cloth used, a coarse kind of twilled blue cloth with a nap on one side. Jakker designates a mans short, heavy, coat.

WHAT DOES Pea stand for in peacoat?

Once they were worn exclusively by sailors in the navy, and called pea jackets. The origin of the name peacoat is uncertain, but experts think it either comes from the Dutch pijjekker, jacket of coarse woolen cloth, or from pilot cloth or P-cloth, a waterproof material used in the US Navy.

What does the P stand for in Navy peacoat?

So, rather than an officers great coat, he came up with the “petty coat” or p. coat (pea coat) for short. (The U.S. Navy, however, maintains the name came because it was made from what was called “pilot cloth” or p-cloth for short, hence pea coat.)

What is the difference between a peacoat and a top coat?

Peacoats and overcoats are two types of popular and versatile outercoats you can wear in winter. The main difference between peacoat and overcoat is that peacoat is a thigh-length double-breasted coat while overcoat is a knee-length, single or double-breasted coat that is heavier.

How warm are pea coats?

A peacoat is a double-breasted coat that is usually made of wool. However, a high-quality wool peacoat can be just as warm as a parka if you wear it with a good hat and scarf. And if it youre facing a really frigid day, some extra mid-layers never hurt.

Are peacoats black?

A pea coat (or peacoat, pea jacket, pilot jacket, reefer jacket) is an outer coat, generally of a navy-coloured heavy wool, originally worn by sailors of European and later American navies.

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