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

Chain stitching, Arvay Adams explains, is the machine embroidery work that appears on sports jerseys, bowling shirts and industrial uniform clothing. Jacques Kelly,, "Remington storefront challenge brings a fresh look to a neglected corner," 29 June 2019 Here are the ground rules: • Your entry must include a primary logo, full home and road uniforms (helmet, jersey, pants, socks), and up to two alternate, Color Rush, or throwback uniforms. Paul Lukas,, "The Uni Watch Design Challenge: Let's Update the Cincinnati Bengals’ Uniform," 27 June 2019 Bankruptcy trustee Randolph Osherow is selling a boatload of AAF equipment, including footballs, helmets, game and practice jerseys, shoulder pads, Gatorade water coolers, rolls of athletic tape and just about everything else football teams need. Patrick Danner,, "XFL has competition for defunct football league’s gear," 12 June 2019 The new classic jersey, which will be worn twice this season as an alternate, was a huge hit with the fans who came through the doors. Brad Biggs,, "Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts on the Bears100 Celebration Weekend," 10 June 2019 Inspired by those participating in this year's World Cup, the pieces include jerseys, which Rosemary St. Clair, VP and GM of Nike Women, told Vogue contains special messages of encouragement. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Nike Worked with Designers Including Marine Serre and Yoon Ahn to Create Lifestyle Pieces Inspired by the Women’s World Cup," 16 May 2019 Lars Baron/Getty Images In a year of altogether very boring jerseys, Nigeria’s were the only ones worth rooting for. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "11 pieces of clothing that explain 2018," 20 Dec. 2018 Polo Ralph Lauren cotton jersey hooded T-shirt The Fourth is always better with some kind of boat ride, and boat rides are always better while donning some kind of stripe. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "17 Fourth of July Menswear Buys That’ll Outshine the Fireworks," 3 July 2018 The autographed Willie Mays jersey, courtesy of longtime DIFD supporter Derek Holland. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction tries to explain why Willie Calhoun was passed over yet again," 26 June 2018

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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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