dress shirt


: a man's shirt especially for wear with evening dress
broadly : a shirt suitable for wear with a necktie

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sporting a black dress shirt and a black blazer with his new team’s logo, Garoppolo met the media after a one-day delay and began by acknowledging his employer for the past five-plus seasons. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Mar. 2023 Ben-Gvir, newly installed as the national-security minister, arrived at the scene that night, wearing a white dress shirt and a blazer. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, 20 Feb. 2023 Thomas, who often wears a dress shirt and blazer, with his hair in a loose ponytail of shoulder-length dreadlocks, is a professor of natural sciences at the University of Guyana. Antonia Juhasz, WIRED, 20 Dec. 2022 In video posted to Twitter, a group of people can be seen walking alongside de León, who was wearing a dress shirt and Santa hat, at the indoor event. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 10 Dec. 2022 Affleck looked cool in a sleek black suit and tie over a matching dress shirt and shiny black dress shoes. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Oct. 2022 Alice wearing only a man’s dress shirt outside her front door. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2022 Read full article Wearing a jacket and open-collared pink dress shirt, Poitier looks into the camera and just talks: nothing fancy, nothing special. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Sep. 2022 Zendaya at the Vanity Fair Oscars party in March 2022 For the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty, Zendaya underscored her flair for menswear in a black Sportmax suit with a hot pink dress shirt and shiny black tie, plus Bulgari jewelry. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 27 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dress shirt was in 1849

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“Dress shirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dress%20shirt. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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