\ 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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Dressed in a navy blue suit and baby blue shirt, Mr. Stone sat with other members of his legal team in a courtroom packed with reporters as Robert Buschel told the judge that Mr. Stone pleads not guilty. ... Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Roger Stone Enters Not Guilty Plea to Charges in Mueller Indictment," 29 Jan. 2019 A few minutes later, a man in a pink T-shirt, whom police identified as Bartlett, walks up to the scene with his handgun at his side, yelling obscenities and racial epithets at the black cyclists. Curt Anderson, The Seattle Times, "Miami prosecutor probing MLK traffic incident as hate crime," 22 Jan. 2019 Jaimes has also updated Nancy in other ways, bringing more characters into the world of the strip, like Nancy’s robotics teacher and her friend Lucy (the girl in the yellow shirt in the comic below). Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Nancy, a 1930s comic strip, was the funniest thing I read in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Draw targets on a plain t-shirt and dip the Q-Tips in food coloring. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Fun Challenges to Play With Your Friends," 27 Nov. 2018 Chalamet rocked a baby pink baseball cap and all black ensemble for the outing, and Depp kept it simple in a white t-shirt, light jeans, and a crossbody bag. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Timothée Chalamet and Lily Rose Depp Basically Confirmed Their Relationship with One Big Kiss," 23 Oct. 2018 An officer who was captured on video failing to intervene as a man harassed a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt resigned Wednesday, the Cook County Forest Preserve District Police Department said. Samantha Schmidt,, "Officer resigns after video shows he watched as woman was harassed for wearing Puerto Rico shirt," 12 July 2018 Today, he is decked out in a T-shirt plastered with cosmonauts in different positions — and even a floating cat in a spacesuit. Elizabeth Howell,, "Touring Where the Mars-500 'Astronauts' Pretended to Take a Red Planet Journey," 11 July 2018 Wear long sleeves and pants, tuck in shirts and tuck pant legs into socks. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin DHS reports first death by Rocky Mountain spotted fever," 10 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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