shirt·​waist | \ ˈshərt-ˌwāst How to pronounce shirtwaist (audio) \

Definition of shirtwaist

: a woman's tailored garment (such as a blouse or dress) with details copied from men's shirts

Examples of shirtwaist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But her shirtwaist of wool-silk weave, mantled in white cotton, is 1870 Shaker. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, 15 May 2022 Those workers persisted, though: women formed strike committees in the mid-19th century, and carried out reforms in the garment industry following both a 1909 strike and the 1911 Triangle shirtwaist factory fire. Julianne Mcshane, New York Times, 29 Aug. 2019 Holding hands, the terrifying Grady twins from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining strolled by in shirtwaist dresses printed with childlike drawings of girls faces and pastel Mary Jane heels. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 June 2019 Triangle, which was New York’s largest blouse factory and distributed 2,000 shirtwaist garments a day, was one of the lone holdouts to union recognition. Elizabeth Yuan, WSJ, 23 Jan. 2019 The 1957-58 shirtwaist of shot-silk—bronze roses on black—has a tight bodice that buttons up like a bishop’s soutane and a skirt that flares out from a crow’s murder of small tucks. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, 10 Nov. 2018 Her novelization of the shirtwaist factory strikes was published in 1910; a year later, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire killed 146 workers, mostly women. Olivia Campbell, Smithsonian, 12 July 2018 The shirt began life as a shirtwaist, or blouse (hence the initial confusion over the name, with early versions also known as shirtwaisters). Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, 15 June 2018 While some styles have already gone into production and are sold out, others — including the most popular, the Somerset shirtwaist dress (from $54.40), named after Miles’ 15-year-old daughter — can still be ordered. Anh-minh Le, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Mar. 2018 See More

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1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Shirtwaist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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