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What is "Shirt" - Definition & Explanation
Last Updated on: 20-Apr-2023 (1 year, 1 month, 10 days ago)
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Shirt
A shirt is a sort of top, i.e. a piece of clothing for the trunk of the body.

In the UK, it refers almost exclusively to what Americans call a dress shirt, i.e. a garment with a collar and a full vertical opening with buttons. In the US is tends to have a vaguer meaning, being applied to many types of (mainly men's) tops, leaving the word "top" generally for ladieswear.


Some common types or synonyms of shirts and tops:

T-shirt

polo shirt ? a shirt with collar but only a partial vertical opening with buttons

shirt or dress shirt ? a shirt with collar and full vertical opening with buttons

tank top ? a sleeveless T-shirt

wife beater ? a tank top worn as an outer layer

blouse ? ladies shirt ? the term is also used for some men's military uniform shirts.

nightshirt ? for sleeping

sweater, sweatshirt ? with or without hood

rugby shirt ? typically a rugged long-sleeved polo shirt

Hawaiian shirt ? a colourful short-sleeve dress shirt

guayabera ? an embroidered dress shirt with four pockets

golf shirt ? a polo shirt

baseball shirt ? usually distinguished by a three quarters sleeve

first shirt ? the "shirt" is a nick-name for a First Sergeant

Shirt
The shirt was worn as a man's undergarment, covering the body from neck to knee. Most were made of white linen which could be very fine or very coarse. A gentleman's best shirt may have ruffles (ruffs) at the wrist and/or breast. A laborer's shirt was sometimes made of unbleached linen or small patterned checks and stripes. A plain shirt might serve as a nightshirt.

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