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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Other Words from topless

toplessness \ˈtäp-​ləs-​nəs \ noun

Examples of topless in a Sentence

She likes to go topless on the beach.

Recent Examples on the Web

Cheerleaders were asked to go topless and wear body paint with Redskins sponsors and FedEx Field suite owners – all men – watching, according to five unnamed cheerleaders who attended the photo shoot. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Former NFL cheerleaders' lawyer pushes for league-wide guidelines," 10 May 2018 After spending the day out in N.Y.C., Jenner stripped down to a suspender-like bodysuit that revealed her breasts for a topless selfie. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Kendall Jenner Censors Topless Instagram Photo by Putting Ice Cream Emoji Over Her Nipples," 8 June 2018 While this continues to brew, do feel free to melt over that one time North accidentally shared an old Kim photo (not topless, just bejeweled) on her Instagram while playing games on her phone. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "Here's a Topless Photo of Kim Kardashian Taken by North West," 8 Feb. 2018 Unlike Jenner, however, Kardashian West skipped the gown and went the topless route. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Kim Kardashian West Wears Sparkly Underwear, Bella Hadid Channels the Future," 27 Jan. 2018 Kim Kardashian West proves once again that in her world, there’s no such thing as a mom bod—or too many topless mirror selfies. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Kim Kardashian Posts Selfie Wearing Nothing but Crystal Underwear," 25 Jan. 2018 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

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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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