\ ˈshərt How to pronounce shirt (audio) \

Definition of shirt

1 : a garment for the upper part of the body: such as
a : a cloth garment usually having a collar, sleeves, a front opening, and a tail long enough to be tucked inside trousers or a skirt
2 : all or a large part of one's money or resources lost his shirt on that business deal

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Other Words from shirt

shirtless \ ˈshərt-​ləs How to pronounce shirtless (audio) \ adjective

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Over time, fans may have looked different — tucked in shirts and mullets have given way to phone charger-carrying fanny packs and memes on graphic tees. Natalie Morin,, "From Beatlemania To The Beyhive, Here's What A Stan Looked like In Every Decade," 8 June 2019 Less than 24 hours after Mr Bukele’s tweet, on the afternoon of June 2nd, soldiers in T-shirts and camouflage trousers appeared with ladders outside the barracks in San Miguel. The Economist, "El Salvador stops honouring the leader of the El Mozote massacre," 8 June 2019 The retail section, meanwhile, features cookbooks, greeting cards, ceramics, T-shirts and other tchotchkes — a neighborhood gift shop, essentially. Janelle Bitker,, "Oakland brunch destination Grand Lake Kitchen opens ambitious second restaurant," 7 June 2019 The attacker was wearing a black shirt and dark pants. Jeanne Houck,, "Cincinnati police ask for help identifying man pictured in assault," 7 June 2019 Meanwhile, 3-year-old Oscar donned a simple yet classic button down shirt and dark blue shorts., "Sweden's Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar Show Off Their Sweet Sibling Bond in Traditional Dress!," 6 June 2019 The designer, who personally wears mainly Hawaiian shirts, felt compelled to make simple button-down shirts and shorts that all different kinds of people could wear. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Rosie LaJaguara Is the Artist Making “Shirt Poetry”," 6 June 2019 The suspect, who wore a stocking over his face, a black shirt and tan pants and carried a black duffel bag, was then seen walking toward the storage case. Sara Cardine,, "Crime Report: Man walks away from smash-and-grab burglary with 18 high-end handbags," 5 June 2019 Sticking in the top ten all summer, Born in the U.S.A., featuring Springsteen’s white T-shirt and blue jeans in front of the flag’s stripes, was emblazoned on America’s retina. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Bruce Springsteen, Accidental Patriot," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of shirt

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shirt

Middle English shirte, from Old English scyrte; akin to Old Norse skyrta shirt, Old English scort short

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English Language Learners Definition of shirt

: a piece of clothing for the upper body that has sleeves and usually a collar and buttons down the front


\ ˈshərt How to pronounce shirt (audio) \

Kids Definition of shirt

: a piece of clothing for the upper part of the body usually with sleeves and often a collar

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