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

Other Words from topless

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

Examples of topless in a Sentence

She likes to go topless on the beach.
Recent Examples on the Web In April, the Madame X singer posted a series of topless selfies to her Instagram. Alexia Fernández,, 25 Nov. 2021 While Kardashian is posing romantic topless pics on Instagram showing off her gorgeous ring, the Blink-182 drummer just added yet another permanent tribute to his fiancée onto his body. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 25 Oct. 2021 Among the other troubling details: Gruden and some of the participants shared photos of topless women, including at least one Washington Football Team cheerleader. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 The comedian turned 61 on Thursday, posting a video of herself celebrating with a topless dance on her waterfront balcony. Glenn Garner,, 4 Nov. 2021 Unfortunately for Mini, though, there's no shortage of high-performance compact cars that look nearly as unique and drive a whole lot better—although none of them can be had in topless form. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, 4 Nov. 2021 In the Instagram post, Kardashian is topless, wearing nothing but the rock on her finger. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 25 Oct. 2021 The Times also reported that Gruden shared topless images of cheerleaders with former WFT general manager, Bruce Allen, and other individuals. Nicholas Rice,, 16 Oct. 2021 Ratajkowski and two other women appeared topless in the uncensored version of the video which featured Thicke, rapper T.I. and musician and producer Pharrell Williams. NBC News, 4 Oct. 2021

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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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3 Dec 2021

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“Topless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of topless

: 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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