\ ˈshərt \

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 \ adjective

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After the cycle, air dry the shirts to ensure the marks have disappeared. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Remove Sweat Stains From White Shirts — And Everything Else," 21 Dec. 2018 Best: The Cute Tee Who knew a t-shirt could look so adorable? Jessica Booth, Redbook, "See Britney Spears' Hottest and Most Cringeworthy Looks of 2018," 20 Nov. 2018 Now some bonehead Photoshopped a horrific image on the shirt. Fox News, "Whoopi Goldberg calls out Roseanne Barr for Photoshopped retweet: 'You did this to yourself'," 2 Oct. 2018 He was last seen wearing a black shirt with white stripes, black shorts and black gym shoes. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Family searching for 14-year-old boy missing from Tinley Park," 14 July 2018 Demonstrators also will wear their orange T-shirts and carry signs and banners. Phil Diehl,, "Protesters to return with weekend gun show," 13 July 2018 Gap, a fashion retailer, came under fire in May for selling a T-shirt with a map of China on it that did not include Taiwan. The Economist, "A deadline looms in China’s battle with foreign firms over Taiwan," 5 July 2018 The load included nearly 6,000 shirts, 1,800 gallons of rum, many barrels of knives and ammunition, and one ton of sugar. Kathleen Duval, WSJ, "‘Frontier Rebels’ Review: The Revolution Out West," 18 Dec. 2018 But, during their latest sporty date (for which Joe chose an extremely jazzy shirt, and Sophie looked awesome in a leather jacket and jeans), there was a third member of the gang, happily cozying up with them. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Got Cozy at a Basketball Game While Nick Jonas Played Third Wheel," 18 Dec. 2018

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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


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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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