red·​shirt ˈred-ˌshərt How to pronounce redshirt (audio)
: a college athlete who is kept out of varsity competition for a year in order to extend eligibility
redshirt verb

Examples of redshirt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Quarterback competition Four quarterbacks — Florida State sophomore transfer AJ Duffy, sophomore Kyle Crum, redshirt freshman Javance Tupou’ata-Johnson and true freshman Danny O’Neil — have been competing throughout spring camp. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Apr. 2024 The 6-3, 270-pound redshirt freshman has been explosive and disruptive this spring, Chinander said. Ron Counts, Idaho Statesman, 19 Apr. 2024 Mister Clark, a redshirt freshman, has flashed this spring, showing a knack for the ball. Walter Villa, Miami Herald, 8 Apr. 2024 The 6-foot-11, 230-pound redshirt junior is averaging 17.4 points and 7.4 rebounds this season. Austin Curtright, Detroit Free Press, 18 Jan. 2024 The redshirt sophomore from Nevada Las Vegas is competing with redshirt junior Miller Moss for the right to replace Caleb Williams. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2024 In his blood round against Navy’s No. 25 seed David Key, Missouri redshirt sophomore Colton Hawks could not come up with the victory in the 2-1 decision. Maddie Hartley, Kansas City Star, 23 Mar. 2024 Spring practice began this week with four quarterbacks — redshirt sophomores AJ Duffy and Kyle Crum, redshirt freshman Javance Tupou’ata-Johnson and true freshman Danny O’Neil — competing at the position. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Mar. 2024 The 6-foot, 213-pound redshirt freshman played in four games last season. Calum McAndrew, Kansas City Star, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of redshirt was in 1955

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“Redshirt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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