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

Examples of jersey in a Sentence

Noun The dress is made of cotton jersey.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Portland Timbers have new primary jersey and a brand new sleeve sponsor. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Timbers unveil new primary jersey, announce TikTok as sleeve sponsor for Timbers, Thorns," 23 Feb. 2021 As a high school junior, Stephen Curry was so scrawny that his size small Charlotte Christian Knights jersey looked baggy on him. Taylor Kate Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Briefing: The Tahoe rental reckoning," 19 Feb. 2021 Just ask the guy who sits near the press box and occasionally wears a Justin Morneau #27 jersey. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Twins Mailbag: Service time, one-year contracts, Andrew Albers and trading prospects," 12 Feb. 2021 The white bomber jacket featured a replication of Gronkowski's jersey on the back, with the inside lining covered with photos of the happy couple. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Camille Kostek Celebrates Buccaneers' Super Bowl 2021 Win with Boyfriend Rob Gronkowski," 7 Feb. 2021 Soccer star Sydney LeRoux got a No. 2 tattoo, inking the number in the same font as Gianna’s basketball jersey. Los Angeles Times, "Remembering Kobe and Gianna: Vanessa Bryant on social media," 25 Jan. 2021 Only on this occasion, the six-time Super Bowl champion came through on a promise to send one of his biggest fans an autographed jersey. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Tom Brady fulfills promise of autographed jersey for Washington Football Team's Chase Young," 18 Jan. 2021 Named for Harden's jersey No., Thirteen Restaurant is housed in the former Mr. Peeples space at 1911 Bagby St. Marcy De Luna, Chron, "Well, this is awkward: James Harden's Thirteen Restaurant is still scheduled to open," 14 Jan. 2021 As a youngster, Samantha Mewis competed with her soccer teammates for the right to don Mia Hamm’s jersey. Frank Dell'apa,, "Hard work and coaching got Sam Mewis to the top of the women’s soccer world," 1 Jan. 2021

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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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27 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Jersey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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