\ 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

Examples of shirt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kack was wearing a green golf shirt and #GreenShirtGuy emerged as a viral Twitter hashtag. Katie Surma, azcentral, "Internet sensation the 'Green Shirt Guy' joins congressional candidate Eva Putzova's team," 17 Jan. 2020 Last week, Tebow shared a photo of himself dressed in what appeared to be a tuxedo vest styled without a shirt and matching slacks. Morgan M. Evans,, "Tim Tebow Opens Up About Wedding Planning with His Fiancée: 'I Just Mostly Say Yes, Babe'," 17 Jan. 2020 Dear Readers: Shopping for and wearing vintage cotton T-shirts and clothes is cool and fun, but sometimes the clothes can have a musty, dank and clammy smell. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Combating dry skin in winter," 16 Jan. 2020 Among the items in the bags were zip-ties, a shirt and a bra, and various cleaning tools, all with Jennifer Dulos' DNA on them, in addition to a glove with Dulos' DNA inside it, police said. NBC News, "Jennifer Dulos' husband once tried to run her over with car, nanny told police," 16 Jan. 2020 The nearly 26-foot-high structure, erected last year in a village northeast of Slovenia, showed Trump with his trademark hairstyle, blue suit, white shirt, and long red tie. Ali Zerdin,, "Statue mocking Donald Trump torched in Slovenia," 9 Jan. 2020 Pete Buttigieg The 37-year-old former mayor of South Bend is known for having a simple uniform on the campaign trail: a white shirt and a blue tie. CBS News, "Elizabeth Warren never washes her face, and other 2020 skincare routines," 9 Jan. 2020 Gervais is dressed comfortably in black sweatpants, T-shirt and a zipper hoodie with holes in the left elbow. Piya Sinha-roy, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ricky Gervais, 5-Time Golden Globes Host, Has a Few More Things to Say to Hollywood," 2 Jan. 2020 The model and outspoken trans activist wore graphic T-shirts and sneakers for her first few seasons, but quickly found her signature look with more futuristic pieces by the likes of Maison Margiela, Paco Rabanne, and Vuitton. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Teddy Quinlivan’s Decade in Street Style," 25 Dec. 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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The first known use of shirt was before the 12th century

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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shirt.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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