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 And former Miss Teen Vermont Mariah Billado and former Miss Arizona Tasha Dixon who both say Trump entered dressing rooms unannounced while young women were topless or naked. USA Today, "19 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct. Here's what their stories have in common.," 21 Oct. 2020 For example, Lt. Takeuchi wasn’t sure if waitresses could be topless while serving customers food. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Are strip clubs allowed to open during the pandemic? Sort of, but not really," 13 Oct. 2020 The post features a topless pot of alleged gumbo, sitting in the front seat of Cantrell’s car, with the seat belt safely strapped around it. Kaylee Poche,, "Mayor LaToya Cantrell catches a pot(hole) full over ‘Gumbo Day’ meme," 13 Oct. 2020 In January, when the South Dakota legislature was considering a bill that would have criminalized providing medical transition services to minors, Strangio posted a topless selfie on Twitter. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Chase Strangio’s Victories for Transgender Rights," 12 Oct. 2020 The video included Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, and Mark Ruffalo, who all appeared to be topless. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Sarah Silverman and other celebrities strip clothes for PSA on naked ballots," 7 Oct. 2020 Yet another tweet included a photo of a topless Black woman among protesters. Ian Lenahan, USA TODAY, "University of New Hampshire investigates professor accused of posing as woman of color on Twitter," 7 Oct. 2020 Your favorite influencer went totally topless, accessorizing the cheeky bottoms with nothing more than a few silver rings and her famed butt tattoo. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Tana Mongeau Poses Topless in a Black Thong Bikini That Shows Off Alllll the Goods," 27 May 2020 The post featured a topless Reinhart as a way to get people’s attention before demanding justice for Taylor, who was killed by Louisville police in March. cleveland, "Lili Reinhart apologizes for using nude photo to demand justice for Breonna Taylor," 1 July 2020

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First Known Use of topless

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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27 Oct 2020

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“Topless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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