\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

b : undershirt

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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Over in the men’s department John Augustine of Chicago was checking out shirts and underclothing. Kathy Routliffe,, "Kenilworth Union Church rummage sale offers amazing maze of treasures," 13 July 2018 Three days after Bieber and Baldwin’s engagement, Gomez was photographed in N.Y.C. in a casual pair of gray sweatpants, a black T-shirt and white sneakers. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Selena Gomez Is Business as Usual Amid Ex Justin Bieber's Engagement: See Her New Puma Ads," 12 July 2018 Locals began selling Lizard Man t-shirts and other merchandise. Joseph P. Laycock, Smithsonian, "A Search for Mysteries and Monsters in Small Town America," 11 July 2018 The six-piece collection features three T-shirts and three sweatshirts offered in black, hot pink, and bright yellow, like the one Bey wore to open her Coachella set. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé and Balmain Collaborate On Charitable Merch Collection," 10 July 2018 Walkers will set out at 8:30 a.m. and the race will follow at 9 a.m. The first 250 registrants receive a free race T-shirt and the first, second and third place male and female finishers will each receive a cash award. Courant Community, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 10 July 2018 Additionally, there are t-shirts and other merchandise for sale. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Milwaukee Alderman McGee Jr. opens up pop-up hemp store at Mayfair Mall," 10 July 2018 Fans in the stands watching Pastrana’s jump wore Knievel tribute shirts and Caesars had a wax figure in the hotel registration area where a line of people waited to pose for a picture with it. David Montero,, "Blast from the past: Motorcyclist Travis Pastrana jumps over Caesars Palace fountains, outdoing Evel Knievel," 9 July 2018 But the report found instances where the flag appeared regardless, including on a T-shirt and patch. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Nazi paraphernalia is still being sold on Amazon, report finds," 7 July 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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