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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Other Words from topless

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

Examples of topless in a Sentence

She likes to go topless on the beach.

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The model opted to go topless under the unbuttoned jacket, showing off her baby bump (and that pregnancy glow) on the red carpet. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Slick Woods Is Redefining Maternity Style at New York Fashion Week," 7 Sep. 2018 Two women said Franco became angry shooting a strip club scene when no actresses, who were masked, would go topless. Associated Press, Houston Chronicle, "More claim sexual inappropriateness against James Franco," 11 Jan. 2018 Outfit inspiration from the video campaign includes button-up shirts, scarves, straight-leg vintage denim, and even topless looks. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Reebok Is Rereleasing This Sneaker For the First Time Since the ‘90s," 6 Dec. 2018 In one instance, Bauer wrote to a woman and included a topless photo of her, authorities said, according to the Register. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Former NASA contractor threatened to post nude photos of women, authorities say," 5 Sep. 2018 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

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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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