redshirt

noun red·shirt \ ˈred-ˌshərt \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of redshirt

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

redshirt

verb

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Origin and Etymology of redshirt

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


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redshirt

noun

Definition of redshirt for English Language Learners

  • sports : a college athlete who practices with a team but does not play any official games


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