\ 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

Other Words from shirt

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

Examples of shirt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first suspect was wearing a white T-shirt and white socks. Fox News, 20 May 2022 The Character Wardrobe includes the denim jacket and jeans sported by Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink) and the button-down shirt and shorts seen on Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), to name a few. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 May 2022 The giant walls then parted, and the superstar couple walked onto the stage, Teigen in a figure-hugging, supermini lavender dress, and Legend in a dark floral shirt and matching pants. Anna Chan, Billboard, 18 May 2022 Designed and constructed to be a seductive perfume interpretation of YSL’s iconic white t-shirt and black jacket, Y Eau De Parfum brings to the table a delightfully aromatic, spicy, woody fragrance. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2022 Community members who register and bike during the event can pick up a free T-shirt and giveaway items at locations throughout the region. Madison Bateman, Baltimore Sun, 9 May 2022 Chandler police released surveillance images showing Rankin in his wedding outfit of a button-down shirt and khaki pants holding what appears to be a wedding card box covered in a plastic bag. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 9 May 2022 Registration costs $30 until Thursday, $35 on show day, and includes a dash plaque, T-shirt and goodie bag. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 Meanwhile, Affleck slipped out of his usual T-shirt-and-flannel uniform and into something a little different. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 May 2022 See More

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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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25 May 2022

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“Shirt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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