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.

Recent Examples on the Web

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 One of Mr Fico’s aides, a former topless model named Maria Troskova, who is also widely believed to be the prime minister’s mistress, was once Mr Vadala’s business partner. The Economist, "Can Slovakia’s government survive?," 15 Mar. 2018 Bild previously banished topless models from the front page to the inside pages in 2012., "Germany’s Biggest-Selling Paper Drops Topless Models," 12 Mar. 2018 The 2013 settlement was meant to resolve a series of costly lawsuits filed against the city by 16 clubs protesting regulations that prevented topless dancers from being closer than three feet to patrons. Fernando Alfonso Iii And St. John Barned-smith, Houston Chronicle, "Longtime Houston strip club challenges city's rules on sexually oriented businesses," 16 Feb. 2018 Nicks allegedly became even more self-conscious when the photographer asked her to go topless. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Stevie Nicks survived abusive relationship with former bandmate Lindsey Buckingham, crippling drug addiction, book claims," 6 July 2018 In one, a group of women argue it’s discriminatory that only men are allowed to go topless. Jean Marbella,, "Wandering buskers and topless sunbathers take Ocean City to court," 23 May 2018 Most recently the reality star shared of photo dining on some tasty noodles -- but, of course, going topless while enjoying them. Wandera Hussein, Billboard, "Kim Kardashian Dines Topless, Turning Noodles to 'Nudels'," 7 Mar. 2018 North has started becoming an expert behind the camera lens too, most recently snapping a topless photo of mom Kim that caused some controversy on social media. Kaitlyn Frey,, "North West Makes Modeling Debut Alongside Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner in New Fendi Campaign," 9 July 2018

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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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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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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