from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A short-sleeved, collarless undershirt.
  • n. An outer shirt of a design similar to the T-shirt.

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  • n. A lightweight shirt without buttons, with short sleeves and no collar. Often made of cotton and frequently bears a picture or slogan.

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  • n. a close-fitting pullover shirt


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Perhaps from its being shaped like the letter T when spread out.

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From its shape.


  • And in terms of function, there's little difference between a designer-label T-shirt costing several hundred dollars and a $20 version from the Gap; it won't wick your sweat away any better or keep you any drier.

    Why do $500 T-shirts cost so much?

  • "This guy turned up at our Paris air show in jeans and a T-shirt, which is a bit of a first for us," says Bob Horner, head of worldwide sales for Bombardier, the maker of Learjet.

    The Jet Set

  • Sitting side by side on the smelly seat, I noticed he was wearing a Space Gizmoid T-shirt, which is probably the best video game in the history of forever.


  • As I pass by, I feel her hand on my waist, tugging down my T-shirt, which is riding up in the back.

    My Sister’s Keeper

  • “First,” I said, “we have one hand-painted T-shirt, which is an original work of art done by Mrs. Bella Dubinsky.

    The View from Saturday

  • From there, the unbroken chain of the Western tradition of liberal education is directly traceable to its apex: spring break, and the wet T-shirt contest.

    The English Is Coming!

  • The T part of T-shirt is no less suited to global rebels, those with or without a cause.

    The English Is Coming!

  • Of course, the T in T-shirt makes no strict reference to the alphabetic revolution, but it nevertheless remains a direct descendant of the Phoenician breakthrough in writing.

    The English Is Coming!

  • By 1920 the noun T-shirt denoted a collar-free, short-sleeved, cotton undergarment that replicated the letter T when laid out neat and flat.

    The English Is Coming!

  • Star belongs to a class apart from Global English words like shampoo, business, T-shirt, safari, and robot.

    The English Is Coming!


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