top·less | \ˈtäp-ləs \

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 \ noun

Examples of topless in a Sentence

She likes to go topless on the beach.

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While inside, Dorsey placed the victim’s hand on his groin, groped the woman’s breast and asked her to take topless pictures, according to investigators. Alexis Stevens, ajc, "Ex-Fulton deputy to serve 6 months for groping women at courthouse," 30 Apr. 2018 Brazilian Ronaldo, eat your heart out! Former Premier League striker Ahmed Mido took to Instagram to upload a topless selfie - and his 658,000 followers fans were greeted with quite the surprise., "PHOTO: Ex-Spurs & Middlesbrough Striker Mido Shocks Fans With Major Post-Career Body Change," 22 Mar. 2018 The first was set up pretty much like a café, with tables and chairs and topless girls going around serving drinks, and the second room was an open space with benches along the walls, where the men sat and the girls danced for them. Keith Gessen, Longreads, "My Brother Comes to Moscow," 10 July 2018 By the end, in one of the video’s best shots, she and the dancers are going wild in the Louvre basement, and topless men are jumping for joy in front of the sphinx. Jason Farago, New York Times, "At the Louvre, Beyoncé and Jay-Z Are Both Outsiders and Heirs," 17 June 2018 Relocating to the British capital, after stints running venues in Manchester and Leeds, Stringfellow opened the first of his eponymous chain of topless strip clubs in London's West End in 1980. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "British Nightclub Impresario Peter Stringfellow, an Early Backer of Beatles and Rolling Stones, Dies at 77," 7 June 2018 Now, in the wake of a New York Times report that said Washington Redskins cheerleaders were made to pose topless for season ticket holders back in 2013, there’s increased scrutiny for the NFL’s policy., "The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem; Pac-12 Revenue Hits $500M(Audio)," 7 May 2018 Even though topless photographs would not be used in the calendar itself, some of the cheerleaders were required to remove their shirt. Nihal Kolur,, "Report: Redskins Cheerleaders Felt Team Was 'Pimping' Them Out On 2013 Costa Rica Trip," 2 May 2018 The group’s leaders condemned the party publicly after press reports highlighted the topless dancers. Erin Mershon, STAT, "Top Democrat demands PhRMA, BIO do more on gender issues after party with topless dancers," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of topless

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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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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