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

As neighbors gathered at the south end of the crime scene, a man wearing a Seattle Seahawks jersey pulled up on a motorcycle. Hannah Leone,, "82-year-old man shot in Chatham: 'It's senseless nonsense and it has to stop'," 13 July 2018 And if not, will his new employers be the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees or the defending World Series champion Houston Astros? Hand is among a handful of All-Stars who could be actually be wearing a generic jersey by game time on July 17. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Will Manny Machado, Brad Hand and others get traded before All-Star Game?," 9 July 2018 Donovan Mitchell showed up to the NBA Summer League wearing a Karl Malone Jazz jersey, and Malone noticed. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Karl Malone reaches out to Donovan Mitchell after young star wears his old Jazz jersey," 7 July 2018 Oh, and James was wearing a Judge replica All-Star jersey. David Caraccio, sacbee, "Here's Sacramento area baseball star Aaron Judge playing catch with 10-year-old boy in crowd," 28 June 2018 One young fan in the crowd wearing a Steph Curry jersey was excited. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "NBA Draft: Pacers pick Aaron Holiday, Alize Johnson," 21 June 2018 Kisumu Frisbee set up a GoFundMe and sold jerseys to raise funds for worlds. Madeline Mitchell,, "The ultimate adventure: how a team from Kenya is making their way to Cincinnati for a world championship," 6 July 2018 Japan’s Rakuten is little known in the U.S., except as the jersey sponsor for Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Lyft’s IPO Has a Winner in Japan Already," 4 Mar. 2019 March Madness Courtesy Nix the team jersey but still look sporty-chic. Zanna Roberts Rassi, Marie Claire, "How to Style Vests, Your New Spring Wardrobe Staple," 28 Feb. 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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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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