tunic and jerkin

CKM367

Senior Member
Russian
Tim Severin writes in his 'Saxon: Book of Dreams':

‘Who’s that in the yellow tunic, the one with the shock of grey hair?’ I asked Hroudland when the musicians finally began to put away their instruments.

Later, he writes:

I recalled how the man in the yellow jerkin had watched me during the banquet.


Can tunic be a jerkin? Could you let me imagine what that tunic/jerkin might be like as the scene took place in VIII century in Frankia?
 
  • PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    Yes, a tunic and a jerkin can be characterised by being sleeveless but there are other differences and I suspect that the editor missed the discrepant references.
     

    Oeco

    Senior Member
    English - US
    I had never heard of a jerkin before but the definition at WordReference dictionary suggests that they are synonyms.

    erkin /ˈdʒɜːkɪn/n
    • a sleeveless and collarless short jacket worn by men or women
    • a man's sleeveless and collarless fitted jacket, often made of leather, worn in the 16th and 17th centuries
     
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