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

Noun The dress is made of cotton jersey.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun A few years earlier, on a Monday night in February 1991, Bill Armstrong slipped a number 58 jersey over his head and stepped onto the ice at Philadelphia’s Spectrum arena. Sam Riches, Longreads, "The NHL’s Lacrosse Takeover," 10 Aug. 2020 Marc Gasol spent parts of 11 seasons in Memphis, going to three All-Star Games with a Grizzlies jersey on his back, earning two All-NBA selections there and a Defensive Player of the Year award as well. Tim Reynolds, Star Tribune, "The NBA MVP finalists: Antetokounmpo, James and Harden," 8 Aug. 2020 Topps is able to bring fans closer to the game and players, especially through cards that feature a player’s autograph or a swatch of their jersey. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "Guest TML: That Castellanos pick-off call from Reds' loss to Cleveland doesn't sit well," 6 Aug. 2020 Some changed their jersey numbers to 24, which Bryant wore during the latter half of his career. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Raiders QB David Carr to Honor Kobe Bryant with Arm Sleeve This Season: ‘He Meant So Much to Me’," 5 Aug. 2020 But ahead of tip-off against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, Butler was asked to change his jersey. Amir Vera And Jabari Jackson, CNN, "Jimmy Butler forced to change nameless jersey prior to tip-off against Denver Nuggets," 1 Aug. 2020 Are these the final games for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in an Arsenal jersey? Mark Heim |, al, "How to watch Premier League’s Manchester City vs. Arsenal (6/17): Time, TV info, live stream," 17 June 2020 Green Bay receiver Davonte Adams pointed to the sky and flashed the No. 24 on his fingers as an ode to Bryant’s jersey after a touchdown catch in the third. Mark Long, The Denver Post, "Kobe Bryant remembered as AFC beats NFC again in Pro Bowl," 26 Jan. 2020 Goalkeeper Andre Blake's jersey paid homage to George Floyd, whose May killing in Minneapolis sparked international protests and momentum for the Black Lives Matter movement. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "Fox Sports announcer offers insight on FC Cincinnati's Saturday night broadcast," 10 July 2020

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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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13 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Jersey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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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