jer·​sey ˈjər-zē How to pronounce jersey (audio)
plural jerseys
: any of various close-fitting usually circular-knitted garments especially for the upper body
: 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
: a plain weft-knitted fabric made of wool, cotton, nylon, rayon, or silk and used especially for clothing
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 Thousands of people wearing Chiefs jerseys lined the streets and showered their hometown team with feverish fanfare in celebration of another Super Bowl win as red, white and yellow confetti fell around them. Hyojung Kim, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 For previous games, Swift has worn less-expensive costume jewelry, like the $14 ring shaped like Kelce’s Chiefs jersey from a Kansas City store. Lisa Gutierrez, Kansas City Star, 14 Feb. 2024 The second being Mitty’s two leading scorers wearing sweat suits instead of the Monarchs’ white Nike home jerseys. Nathan Canilao, The Mercury News, 14 Feb. 2024 Twice a year would be a good compromise for alternate jerseys. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 13 Feb. 2024 The statue's remains were found by the Wichita Fire Department dismantled, burned and unsalvageable in a small trash fire. League 42, which was founded in 2013 and named after Robinson's jersey number, raised $194,780 through an online campaign launched to replace the statue. Cara Tabachnick, CBS News, 13 Feb. 2024 The video started off with Randi showing off a wall near the home’s entrance, which featured one of Patrick’s black football jerseys from 2017 encased in a frame and a photo of the quarterback in his Texas Tech uniform for a cover shoot of Texas Football magazine. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 While the Chiefs will don red jerseys for Sunday’s game and the 49ers will wear contrasting white, both teams are known for their red colors so this cocktail will be a hit with all fans (and even viewers just there for the half time show or the commercials). Ronnie Koenig, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 Or for $580, the Little Vegas Chapel offers the chance to dress in team jerseys and be wed by an officiant in referee garb. Rio Yamat, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


Jersey, one of the Channel Islands

First Known Use

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of jersey was in 1587

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Cite this Entry

“Jersey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


jer·​sey ˈjər-zē How to pronounce jersey (audio)
plural jerseys
: a plain knitted fabric
: a close-fitting knitted garment (as a shirt)
capitalized : any of a breed of small usually light tan dairy cattle having short horns and noted for their rich milk

Geographical Definition


geographical name

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

new jersey
an informal name
Jerseyan noun
Jerseyite noun

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