red·​shirt | \ ˈred-ˌshərt How to pronounce redshirt (audio) \

Definition of redshirt

: a college athlete who is kept out of varsity competition for a year in order to extend eligibility

Other Words from redshirt

redshirt verb

Examples of redshirt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With receivers Rakim Jarrett, Jeshaun Jones and Dontay Demus Jr. sidelined, Copeland, redshirt sophomore tight end Corey Dyches and sophomore receiver Tai Felton stood out. Ryan Mcfadden, Baltimore Sun, 30 Apr. 2022 Unless Riley returns, highly coveted freshman Adem Bona will challenge redshirt freshman Mac Etienne for a starting spot, assuming Etienne has sufficiently recovered from the torn knee ligament that sidelined him last season. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 The third transfer, redshirt freshman lineman Kamryn Waites, has the frame to develop into an SEC contributor. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 This time, Moody’s main competition appears to be Mobile redshirt freshman Deontae Lawson, who started in the spring game last year amid some COVID issues at the position. Mike Rodak |, al, 15 Apr. 2022 In March, redshirt freshman Rahsool Diggins and junior Jalen Gaffney put their names in the NCAA transfer portal. Shreyas Laddha, Hartford Courant, 14 Apr. 2022 The trio of McClelland, Wright and now redshirt freshman Ryan Montgomery combined for 143 rushing yards in Ford's absence. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 13 Apr. 2022 The other continues to be redshirt freshman Davion Primm. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 11 Apr. 2022 Though the talent departure is significant, Hurley brings in an impressive class of recruits, two of which spent the season as redshirt freshmen: Corey Floyd Jr. and Alex Karaban. Shreyas Laddha,, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of redshirt

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for redshirt

from the red jersey commonly worn by such a player in practice scrimmages against the regulars

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The first known use of redshirt was in 1955

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19 May 2022

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“Redshirt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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