jer·​sey | \ ˈjər-zē How to pronounce jersey (audio) \
plural jerseys

Definition of jersey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : any of various close-fitting usually circular-knitted garments especially for the upper body
b : an often loose-fitting shirt that is worn by a member of a sports team as part of a team uniform and that typically has the athlete's name and number on the back a football jersey
2 : a plain weft-knitted fabric made of wool, cotton, nylon, rayon, or silk and used especially for clothing
3 capitalized : any of a breed of small short-horned predominantly yellowish brown or fawn dairy cattle noted for their rich milk


geographical name
Jer·​sey | \ ˈjər-zē How to pronounce Jersey (audio) \

Definition of Jersey (Entry 2 of 2)

1 island in the English Channel; one of the Channel Islands; capital Saint Helier area 45 square miles (117 square kilometers)

Note: The Jersey breed of cattle, the knit fabric called jersey, and the types of upper-body garments called jerseys all derive their names from this island.

2 new jersey an informal name

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Other Words from jersey

Geographical name

Jerseyan \ ˈjər-​zē-​ən How to pronounce Jerseyan (audio) \ noun
Jerseyite \ ˈjər-​zē-​ˌīt How to pronounce Jerseyite (audio) \ noun

Examples of jersey in a Sentence

Noun The dress is made of cotton jersey.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun National television cameras captured the coach pulling players off the floor by their jerseys. Amir Vera And Steve Almasy, CNN, "Controversial former coach Bob Knight returns to Indiana University basketball court after 20-year hiatus," 9 Feb. 2020 Jose Altuve demonstrably warning teammates not to tear his jersey off following a walkoff home run to win the 2017 American League Championship Series remains suspicious. Peter Abraham,, "Baseball scouts weigh in on Alex Verdugo," 8 Feb. 2020 Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, which Gianna attended, held a ceremony Wednesday night to honor her and retire her basketball jersey. NBC News, "Memorial service for Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna and other crash victims to be held Feb. 24," 7 Feb. 2020 Watching the draft growing up - watching the guys walk out and hold their jerseys. Dave Clark,, "Mike Florio: Dolphins or 'pretty much any other team' better than playing for Bengals," 6 Feb. 2020 One day, there will be a case to have his jersey retired. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "How Larry Nance Jr. emerged from a dark place and turned his season around: “We’re seeing the player I came in expecting to be”," 6 Feb. 2020 The leader of the Cardinals' 2009 national runner-up team and has her jersey hanging from the rafters. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Angel McCoughtry made a young fan's dream come true when Louisville faced Team USA," 2 Feb. 2020 Aside from the two court-side seats that were reserved in honor of Kobe and Gianna Bryant and decorated with their jerseys and flowers, the arena was packed with fans. Li Cohen, CBS News, ""We're all heartbroken": LeBron James honors Kobe Bryant at Lakers' first game since crash," 1 Feb. 2020 On Friday night, the Los Angeles Lakers offered their tribute to Kobe Bryant, the man whose career first took shape on their courts: Every seat in the Staples Center had his jersey on it. Amira Rose Davis, The New Republic, "A Legacy of Incoherence," 1 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of jersey


1587, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for jersey


Jersey, one of the Channel Islands

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The first known use of jersey was in 1587

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13 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Jersey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of jersey

: a loose shirt worn by a member of a sports team as part of a uniform
: a shirt made of knitted cloth
: a soft knitted cloth


jer·​sey | \ ˈjər-zē How to pronounce jersey (audio) \
plural jerseys

Kids Definition of jersey

1 : a knitted cloth (as of cotton) used mostly for making clothing
2 : a shirt made of knitted fabric and especially one worn by a sports team

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