German word of the day: Übergangsjacke

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German word of the day: Übergangsjacke
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This word will become handy in Austria as we enter into autumn.


Die Übergangsjacke, which sounds like this, translates literally to “transition jacket.” If you want to make sense of that though, it’s easier to have a look at another translation: in-between-seasons jacket.

Yes, you read right. The German language has a one-word translation for that.  

The concept of the Übergangsjacke is very efficient, so let’s explain it with an example: The seasons are about to change from, let’s summer to autumn. Now that means it’s still cold outside, but not freezing.

The sun could come out, but there might also be some rain or it will get chillier at night. That could mean that a big winter coat is too warm and a denim jacket is not watertight enough.

So what you would need would be a jacket that is watertight as well as breathable, that can keep you warm but doesn’t make you sweat. And this miracle jacket is the Übergangsjacke.

There are other forms of Übergangsjacken as well, for example for the transition from autumn to winter and even from spring to summer (although that Übergangsjacke might just be a jean jacket – depending on where you live).

But if the seasons don’t live up to their full potential and winter feels more like spring, your Übergangsjacke can become a regular winter coat quite quickly. As you can see, it’s a flexible concept with loads of ways to use it. 



Mein Wintermantel ist zu dick, ich brauche dringend eine Übergangsjacke.

My winter coat is too thick; I need an in-between-seasons jacket urgently.

Hier sehen Sie eine leichte Übergangsjacke für Damen.

Here you can see a light in-between-seasons jacket for ladies.



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