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noun red·shirt \ˈred-ˌshərt\

Simple Definition of redshirt

  • sports : a college athlete who practices with a team but does not play any official games

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of redshirt

  1. :  a college athlete who is kept out of varsity competition for a year in order to extend eligibility



Origin and Etymology of redshirt

from the red jersey commonly worn by such a player in practice scrimmages against the regulars

First Known Use: 1955

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