jer·sey | \ ˈjər-zē \
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 \

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 \ noun
Jerseyite \ˈjər-zē-ˌīt \ noun

Examples of jersey in a Sentence


The dress is made of cotton jersey.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Many in the crowd at Wembley Stadium in London for the 1966 final, for example, waved Union Jacks, and the mascot for that tournament, hosted solely by England, had a Union Jack jersey. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "World Cup Brings England Together at a Time of Division," 10 July 2018 Sitting in front of his locker, Manny Machado autographed a bright orange Baltimore Orioles jersey early Wednesday afternoon in the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. Bob Brookover,, "Manny Machado worth acquiring right now for Phillies | Bob Brookover," 5 July 2018 Bagley said his mind is on his workouts and putting on a Kings jersey for the first time in summer league, which begins with the California Classic at Golden 1 Center on July 2. Angel Guerrero, sacbee, "Rookie Bagley is 'hungry to learn' from Kings leadership as summer league approaches," 23 June 2018 After putting on a Sabres jersey Friday night, the 18-year-old will jump to the NHL right away and should help the club's league-worst offense that contributed to its last-place finish. Stephen Whyno, Houston Chronicle, "Sabres select Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin first overall," 22 June 2018 On his chest is a vintage Hornets jersey; on his head is a golden crown, studded with teal diamonds. Chapel Fowler, charlotteobserver, "A Charlotte billboard recruiting LeBron James? This illustrator created one for ESPN.," 19 June 2018 There was a certain sense of romance to it, but also a little sporty with a jersey underneath and sneakers, which tied it back to his personal persona. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Every Single One of Jay-Z’s ‘Apesh*t’ Suits, Explained," 19 June 2018 According to Reed, Ohio State lacrosse coach Nick Myers has sent a jersey for Matt. Scott Springer,, "#StratmanStrong support comforts family of stricken Lakota West lacrosse player," 16 June 2018 Without a place to play, a jersey to wear or even a ball to throw around, the lack of a proper office is the least of Van Tol's worries. Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "Boise State baseball is a field of dreams right now. This man's job is to build it," 15 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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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 \
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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