Hawaiian shirt


: a usually short-sleeved sport shirt with a colorful pattern

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Teagan was linked to the Boogaloo movement, and protested outside the Michigan state capitol in 2021 wearing a Hawaiian shirt, a signature symbol of the movement. Will Carless, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2023 The man at the microphone is a sad wreck, slouched beneath a scruffy, colorless beard and filthy trucker’s cap, his stomach bulging beneath a loud Hawaiian shirt. Steve Appleford, SPIN, 27 July 2022 Their shorts are often high-waisted and finished with stiff pleats in the front, perhaps punctuated with a belt, a Hawaiian shirt, and a Werther’s Original in the pocket. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 11 May 2022 In the last picture, the toddler smiles on his first day of school, wearing a blue Hawaiian shirt, navy shorts, Adidas sneakers and carrying a colorful lunchbox. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 7 Apr. 2022 The man in the Hawaiian shirt—sipping on a rum and soda at Bert’s Bar in Christ Church, Barbados, while watching the Ottawa Senators play ice hockey on TV—might have passed for just another middle-aged Canadian tourist living out his Jimmy Buffett fantasy. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 6 Apr. 2022 Perpetually garbed in a Hawaiian shirt, and occasionally still in cosplay threads, his vibe is much more cheerful hacker. Steven Levy, Wired, 14 Mar. 2022 In pushing the Boogaloo narrative, prosecutors showed the jury a photo of Fox carrying a rifle on the lawn of the state Capitol in 2020, wearing a floral Hawaiian shirt, which is common Boogaloo attire. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 10 Mar. 2022 Weird Al is seen playing accordion — wearing his signature large, retro glasses and Hawaiian shirt. Wyatte Grantham-philips, Variety, 22 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hawaiian shirt was in 1952

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“Hawaiian shirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hawaiian%20shirt. Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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