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.

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At Bethpage Black, a public course on which carts are generally forbidden, Daly will ride in a topless cart supplied by the PGA of America. ... Brian Costa, WSJ, "John Daly Ignites Golf Cart Debate at PGA Championship," 16 May 2019 Yesterday, Halle Berry showed off her insane new back tattoo in a topless Instagram photo. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Halle Berry Shows Off Her Massive New Back Tattoo with a Stripped-Down Instagram," 5 Mar. 2019 In another, even more, intimate image, Delevingne is topless with Rousteing's hands covering her chest. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Cara Delevingne Poses Naked for Balmain In a Stunning Photo Series," 31 Jan. 2019 The Times reported Wednesday that Washington cheerleaders were forced to pose topless with male suite holders at FedExField during a 2013 photo shoot in Costa Rica. Rob Tornoe,, "The Washington Redskins have a cheerleader problem. Here's what we know," 4 May 2018 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

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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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