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

Other stylish Chanel pieces to catch throughout the video: those iconic suspenders from Spring '97, a mini skirt and cardigan set from '03, a logo choker necklace, and a baseball jersey from Spring 1991. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dreezy and Kash Doll's "Chanel Slides" Video Is the Kind of Energy We Want to Channel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 Inside the house, there’s a large gym where several of Mr. Joyner’s jerseys are on display. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Baseball’s Wally Joyner Lists Equestrian Estate for $7.9 Million," 10 Aug. 2018 Note how Duffy has the HDH setup of the jerseys in this first photo: Finished one leg of the Hall Of Bros thanks to @Wallstars918. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Royals' Danny Duffy has maybe the coolest man cave in the world," 12 June 2018 JaVale McGee has been showing off his awesome collection of jerseys during the playoffs. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "JaVale McGee rocked Jesus Shuttlesworth jersey for NBA Finals Game 3," 6 June 2018 The design of a jersey is the purest manifestation of a team’s identity. Graham Ruthven, Pro Soccer USA, "Does MLS’ deal with adidas stifle kit creativity?," 30 Mar. 2018 Todd Gurley, the Rams’ star running back, shared a joke picture on Instagram of him swapping jerseys with a referee. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Blown Call that Will Live On in New Orleans Infamy," 21 Jan. 2019 On November 24, the couple cozied up to each other at a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game in Canada wearing matching jerseys. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Justin and Hailey Bieber Wore Matching Jerseys at a Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Game," 25 Nov. 2018 Some 100 percent cotton flannel or jersey sheets also fall into this price range. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 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 \
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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