\ 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

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Plus, remember when Marc Jacobs wore a lace shirt-dress back at the 2012 Met Gala? Vogue, "Why So Many Male Celebs Are Embracing the Pretty Lace Top," 5 Apr. 2019 There are cool, sporty color-block knit tank dresses and pleated cotton poplin shirt dresses for something polished, feminine, and easy. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "When Did "Wearable" Become a Dirty Word in Fashion?," 27 Mar. 2019 Kate wore a Sportmax coat, Ralph Lauren boots, and a green midi shirt dress by Michael Kors, per Twitter user @hrhkatemeghan. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Visits Blackpool in the Pouring Rain Wearing Michael Kors," 6 Mar. 2019 Campus Quilt is dedicated to turning your old clothes into lasting memories in the form of fun and functional t-shirt quilts. Country Living, "TURN YOUR OLD CLOTHES INTO A T-SHIRT QUILT!," 5 Mar. 2019 But is Pima cotton really that much more comfortable than the jersey fabric of ThirdLove’s original t-shirt bra? Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "ThirdLove Just Released a New Cotton Bra You'll Want to Live In," 4 Oct. 2018 The Nine Inch Nails t-shirt, the flannel—was any of that in your closet growing up? Valerie Complex, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brie Larson Wants Captain Marvel to Change the Film Industry," 25 Mar. 2019 Facebook sent a team to the University of British Columbia in Canada with free t-shirts, dogs to pet, and the opportunity to win $1,000 in exchange for downloading its murder clone of Houseparty, Bonfire. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A looming strike over Project Dragonfly is putting new pressure on Google," 30 Nov. 2018 The UMass team has shown that the wearable supercapacitors are light, flexible, washable, breathable, and have been successfully integrated into shirts, shoes, coats, and pants. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Battery Fashion: Scientists Weave Rechargeable Electronics Into Clothes," 9 Nov. 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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