\ 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 shirt (audio) \ adjective

Examples of shirt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rittenhouse wore a Black Coffee T-shirt in a photo after posting a $2 million bail. Brandon Lingle,, "Rioters wore Black Rifle Coffee, Grunt Style gear at Capitol siege," 18 Jan. 2021 In Lansing, a man arrived with a large Nerf gun and wore a T-shirt declaring himself part of the Michigan Nerf Militia. New York Times, "After Capitols Become Fortresses, Far-Right Protesters Are Mostly a No-Show," 17 Jan. 2021 Katie revealed that Emilio actually painted the image on the shirt, implying that the couple got the t-shirts custom made. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Posed in a Shirt Her Boyfriend, Emilio Vitolo, Jr., Designed on Instagram," 17 Jan. 2021 Douglas Jensen, the man who authorities say led a pack of rioters into the Senate, wore a shirt with a giant Q rendered in red, white and blue. Anchorage Daily News, "QAnon reshaped Trump’s party and radicalized believers. The Capitol siege may just be the start.," 13 Jan. 2021 Through their music industry connections, Santiago and Hwang got the tee to music producer and DJ Skrillex, who wore the shirt to a Versace party. Max Berlinger, Los Angeles Times, "The sweatpant savants behind Pizzaslime turn viral laughs into a fashion brand," 10 Dec. 2020 Jolie wore a white t-shirt, with a black cardigan over the top, layered with a black jacket. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Rocks Black Leather Knee-High Boots for a Shopping Trip with Knox Jolie-Pitt," 6 Dec. 2020 The witness said the culprit was in his 40s and wore a black shirt and pants. cleveland, "Neighbor’s house cleaning, playing children disturb resident: Olmsted Falls Police Blotter," 12 Nov. 2020 In a separate photo, Harris is behind Morrison, who also wore a Hawaiian-patterned shirt. Aaron C. Davis, Washington Post, "Alleged Michigan plotters attended multiple anti-lockdown protests, photos and videos show," 1 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of shirt was before the 12th century

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25 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Shirt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce shirt (audio)

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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