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

Olimpia Milano keeps the trophies and framed jerseys from Dan Peterson and Mike D’Antoni’s days with the team in their private offices. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Coach Who Changed the NBA From Italy," 14 Nov. 2018 Friday, the team announced via a tweet from Bert Kolde, one of the team’s board of directors, that players will wear a jersey patch with a 12 flag and Allen’s initials of PGA for the rest of the season. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "K.J. Wright, Ed Dickson on track to make season debut Sunday; Seahawks announce jersey patch honoring Paul Allen," 26 Oct. 2018 But is Pima cotton really that much more comfortable than the jersey fabric of ThirdLove’s original t-shirt bra? Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "ThirdLove Just Released a New Cotton Bra You'll Want to Live In," 4 Oct. 2018 When traveling, sports jerseys look cheesy and unpolished. 12. Micaela English, Town & Country, "19 Things You Should Never Wear While Traveling," 1 Oct. 2018 Even Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert managed to put out a gracious statement, which included plans to retire James’s jersey. Ben Golliver,, "2018 NBA Free Agency: The Early Winners And Losers," 5 July 2018 Last year the shopping app Wish agreed to pay the Los Angeles Lakers somewhere between $36–$42 million over three years to have their name on the basketball team’s jersey. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "LeBron James Just Made This Startup's Los Angeles Lakers Jersey Way More Valuable," 3 July 2018 Succeeding with the Lakers is something different, according to many of the men who have worn this gold jersey. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "LeBron’s arrival transforms Lakers back into glamour show," 3 July 2018 The mural, created by artist Chris Pyrate, depicts Junior wearing a New York Yankees jersey with a halo and angel wings, according to the NY Daily News. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Justice for Junior Mural Unveiled to Honor Slain Bronx Teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz," 2 July 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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