sweat·​shirt | \ ˈswet-ˌshərt How to pronounce sweatshirt (audio) \

Definition of sweatshirt

: a loose collarless pullover or jacket usually of heavy cotton jersey

Examples of sweatshirt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The stars gave an energetic performance of their No. 1 hit, with Bieber wearing a pair of black overalls and a black hooded sweatshirt. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 12 Sep. 2021 Police described that person as a man with a thin build and black braided hair who was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black sneakers. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2021 The suspect wore a green hooded sweatshirt and a dark-colored mask. cleveland, 20 Aug. 2021 Five minutes after midnight on June 11, 2017, someone wearing a hooded sweatshirt walked up to Mireles and shot him in the head, according to court papers and a coroner’s report. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2021 He’s dressed in black pants and a gray hooded sweatshirt. Timothy Ivy, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Aug. 2021 The man was described as approximately 20 years old and wearing a unique black or blue hooded sweatshirt featuring what appeared to be a shark’s mouth with two eyes above it, police said. James Whitlow, baltimoresun.com, 18 Aug. 2021 The first offender was described as between 13 and 15 years old, 5 foot 6 inches tall and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, and dark pants. Deborah Kadin, chicagotribune.com, 10 Aug. 2021 Moments later, the gunman, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and mask, is seen walking up to the house and firing up to eight shots from the bottom of the front stoop before running away. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 9 June 2021

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First Known Use of sweatshirt

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sweatshirt was in 1925

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18 Sep 2021

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“Sweatshirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweatshirt. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sweatshirt

: a piece of clothing for the upper part of your body that is made from a thick, soft material


sweat·​shirt | \ ˈswet-ˌshərt How to pronounce sweatshirt (audio) \

Kids Definition of sweatshirt

: a loose pullover or jacket without a collar and usually with long sleeves

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