top·​less | \ ˈtäp-ləs How to pronounce topless (audio) \

Definition of topless

1a : wearing no clothing on the upper body
b : featuring topless waitresses or entertainers topless bars
c : being a place where topless women are permitted a topless beach
2 : being without a top
3 archaic : so high as to reach up beyond sight and burnt the topless towers of Ilium— Christopher Marlowe

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toplessness \ ˈtäp-​ləs-​nəs How to pronounce toplessness (audio) \ noun

Examples of topless in a Sentence

She likes to go topless on the beach.

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The photo has beaming gals standing behind a board painted to present them topless. Time, "The Strange Allure of State Fair Food," 11 July 2019 Most states allow women to go topless, the site reports, with only three having a clear ban. Tom Olsen, Twin Cities, "Cops called when woman goes topless at Duluth beach. But was she breaking the law?," 10 July 2019 The sight of middle-aged men in China relaxing in public places with their shirt rolled up to expose their stomach, or going completely topless, is a common one throughout the country. Serenitie Wang And Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "No more 'Beijing bikini': Chinese city calls topless men 'uncivilized'," 4 July 2019 The actress broke the news on Instagram with a stunning photo of herself posting topless and showing her baby bump. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Shay Mitchell Announces She's Pregnant with a Stunning Nude Photo Shoot," 28 June 2019 With her latest look, Gigi Hadid took the #freethenipple movement one step further with the most confusing (but chic) topless top. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Went Nearly Topless on a Photoshoot," 26 Oct. 2018 In Mobile, state law written in the 1990s bans topless or nude dancing in clubs licensed to sell liquor., "Mobile revokes business license from strip club operator," 11 June 2019 The places in Cleveland that applied cover craft breweries, fine-dining restaurants, topless joints, hotels and many others. Marc Bona,, "60-plus bars, restaurants granted waiver to stay open late during MLB All-Star Week," 11 June 2019 At Bethpage Black, a public course on which carts are generally forbidden, Daly will ride in a topless cart supplied by the PGA of America. ... Brian Costa, WSJ, "John Daly Ignites Golf Cart Debate at PGA Championship," 16 May 2019

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First Known Use of topless

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of topless was in 1589

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English Language Learners Definition of topless

of a woman : wearing no clothing on the upper body
: done while not wearing any clothing on the upper body
: having or allowing topless women

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