jer·​sey | \ ˈjər-zē How to pronounce jersey (audio) \
plural jerseys

Definition of jersey

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

Examples of jersey in a Sentence

The dress is made of cotton jersey.
Recent Examples on the Web Before that, Lovullo presented him with a personalized team jersey. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 15 May 2022 And last summer Atlas FC took that campaign to the field, stripping the word Transformación across the front of the team’s red and black jersey where a sponsor’s name should have been. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 The Pistons retired Lanier's No. 16 jersey on Jan. 9, 1993. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2022 The night started with a celebration of Pat Casey, whose No. 5 Oregon State baseball jersey was permanently affixed to the right field wall at Goss Stadium. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 8 May 2022 Green attempted to defend a point-blank shot from Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke, and in the process, Green hit Clarke in the face and grabbed Clarke’s jersey, pulling him to the ground. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 1 May 2022 Green appeared to hit him on the head, then grabbed Clarke’s jersey, sending Clarke crashing to the floor. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 May 2022 Wilson’s New York Jets jersey went on sale moments after he was drafted. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 28 Apr. 2022 Today, it is found on the back of every MLB player's jersey. CBS News, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Jersey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for jersey


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

Jersey geographical name

Jer·​sey | \ ˈjər-zē How to pronounce Jersey (audio) \

Definition of Jersey

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

Other Words from jersey

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

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