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

Examples of shirt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kristin and Kyle Juszczyk Kyle Juszczyk kept it casual in a knit cotton button-down shirt with short sleeves, army green trousers and canvas sneakers. Renan Botelho, WWD, 11 July 2024 Both were wearing plain white crewneck shirts — Witherspoon had hers on under a chambray button-up and Aniston's arms were bare — with different blue jean styles, despite the summer heat. Clint Davis, Peoplemag, 11 July 2024 Some held white flags made of sticks and white shirts. CNN, 11 July 2024 Here’s When Every House of the Dragon Season 2 Episode Will Air By Meg Walters So, just as no-makeup makeup and the perfect shirt tuck actually require a little extra effort in order to look effortless, the hair tuck has its own hidden formula to level-up a simple hairstyle. Elle Turner, Glamour, 10 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for shirt 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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“Shirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shirt. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a garment for the upper part of the body usually with a collar, sleeves, a front opening, and a tail long enough to be tucked inside pants or a skirt
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