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.
Recent Examples on the Web The walls are decorated with framed prints of 19th century ethnographic photos: a man with curled fingernails, a girl with her weaving, a group of topless women in indigenous clothing. San Francisco Chronicle, "Does a restaurant celebrating French colonialism belong in San Francisco?," 20 Sep. 2019 In 2001, the prince reportedly vacationed with Epstein in Thailand, where Andrew was photographed on a yacht with several topless women. Karla Adam,, "Britain’s Prince Andrew faces new scrutiny for ties to Jeffrey Epstein," 13 Aug. 2019 First, the county looked into outlawing topless and nude dancing. Scott Harrison, Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: Caught looking," 16 Sep. 2019 There are tales of Lord Stanley’s trophy spending time in topless bars, children being baptized in the cup and dogs eating out of it. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Boat racers take aim at trophy with a tale," 13 Sep. 2019 In 2017, William and Kate were awarded $120,000 by a court after the French magazine Closer published topless photographs of Kate sunbathing on a private estate in 2012. K.j. Yossman, Marie Claire, "Inside the Cutthroat World of Royal Gossips," 5 Sep. 2019 In the snap, a topless Harris stands with her back to the camera beside her fiancé Justin Pasutto, who is holding their then-newborn son Leo George, who’s now 3. Rachel Desantis,, "Jillian Harris Shares Honest Postpartum Photo from After Son's Birth: 'Never Felt So Content'," 29 Aug. 2019 But in February, the federal appeals court for the Tenth Circuit struck down a topless ban in Fort Collins, near Denver. Pete Williams, NBC News, "Women ask Supreme Court to toss topless ban: Why are rules different for men?," 19 Aug. 2019 Acting > prepared to go topless/prepared to go nude., "Naked bike-riding extras needed for ‘Shrill’ episode shooting in Portland," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of topless

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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17 Nov 2019

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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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