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


The dress is made of cotton jersey.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Photos shared by the team on Twitter show the Eagles’ mascot interacting with young fans sporting team jerseys in the brand-new room. Ashley Boucher,, "Philadelphia Eagles Build Sensory Room for Fans with Autism in Step Toward 'Inclusive Environment'," 8 Aug. 2019 Dressed in a Rockets basketball jersey, Wimley blew the audience away with his impromptu, razor-sharp freestyling skill. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Common Stages Love-In at the Grammy Museum," 24 July 2019 But that jersey … looks like the Tune Squad will be rocking the away kits this film. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "LeBron celebrated Taco Tuesday in the new Tune Squad jersey for 'Space Jam 2'," 23 July 2019 One showed him wearing a Lakers jersey, one pictured him wearing a Mike Tyson T-shirt, and one captured him as a young boy, smiling with his eyes closed, sitting upon and embracing a giant stuffed lion. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: An emotional farewell to Tyler Skaggs," 23 July 2019 Now many of those jerseys, if not most, already stand as dated, including the one of Paul with the Rockets, Jimmy Butler with the Philadelphia 76ers, Paul George with the Thunder, Kemba Walker with the Charlotte Hornets. Ira Winderman,, "Winderman: Dwyane Wade’s jersey collection busted, but not NBA | Commentary," 13 July 2019 Cost per child is $65 and includes a team jersey and mouth guard., "Avon’s Heritage Gazebo celebrates 20 years as center landmark: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake, and North Ridgeville," 5 July 2019 Kramer later made the rounds on the Brewers’ TV and radio broadcasts, wearing team jersey No. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 4, Mariners 2: Anderson delivers clutch start to avoid sweep by last-place Mariners," 27 June 2019 The Golden History Museum has her United States national team jersey and a pair of cleats on exhibit. John Branch, New York Times, "Lindsey Horan Is Right Where She Wanted to Be," 14 June 2019

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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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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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