Pocket


Pocket
Patch pocket with topstitching on the back of a pair of blue jeans.

A pocket is a bag- or envelope-like receptacle either fastened to or inserted in an article of clothing to hold small items. Pockets may also be attached to luggage, backpacks, and similar items. In older usage, a pocket was a separate small bag or pouch.[1]

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Origins

Pockets hang from belts as 15th-century peasants thresh siligo wheat in a Tacuinum Sanitatis

In European clothing pockets began by being hung like purses from a belt, which could be concealed beneath a coat or jerkin and reached through a slit in the outer garment.

The word appears in Middle English as pocket, and is taken from a Norman diminutive of Old French poke, pouque, modern poche, cf. pouch. The form "poke" is now only used dialectically, or in such proverbial sayings as "a pig in a poke".

Historically, the term "pocket" referred to a pouch worn around the waist by women in the 17th to 19th centuries, mentioned in the rhyme Lucy Locket.[2] Also called a hanging pocket.

"Pocket" is also a term for a sack in which hops were stored, generally with a capacity of 168–224 lb (76–102 kg).[citation needed]

Types

A watch pocket is a small pocket designed to hold an old style pocket watch, sometimes found in men's trousers and waistcoats and in traditional blue jeans.[citation needed] A besom pocket is a pocket cut into a garment instead of being sewn on. These pockets often have reinforced piping along the slit of the pocket, appearing perhaps as an extra piece of fabric or stitching. Besom pockets are found on a tuxedo jacket or trousers and may be accented with a flap or button closure.[3]

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