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

  • n. A woman's blouse or bodice styled like a tailored shirt.
  • n. See shirtdress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a woman's tailored blouse, buttoned down the front

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A woman's blouse resembling a men's shirt in cut and style; -- in England called a blouse.
  • a type of woman's dress with a bodice tailored like a shirt; -- also called shirt dress, shirtwaist dress, and shirtwaister.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A garment for women's and children's wear, resembling a shirt in fashion, but worn over the underclothing, and extending no lower than the waist, where it is belted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a blouse with buttons down the front


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  • Her shirtwaist was a soft, feminine shade of lavender, trimmed with lace, but her skirt was no-nonsense black.

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  • Over the shirtwaist was a natty jacket, elbow-sleeved, and to the elbows she wore gloves of imitation suede.

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  • At the present time the designer has drawn his picture showing it as a pendent bag from the "shirtwaist," like the pouch of the bird pelican.

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  • It could never have been called a "shirtwaist," as Arethusa's plain garments of the same shape with their simple rows of tucking were named.

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  • The shirtwaist was a woman’s garment with a mannish touch: a buttoned front.

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  • Leaders of the labor union that organized the shirtwaist strike were so disturbed by the finery of the strikers that they attempted to impose a limit on the amount of money that each member of the union could spend on clothes.

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  • I excused myself and headed for the lavatory, where I splashed a bit of water on my cheeks and loosened my shirtwaist at the neck.


  • Oh, I have thought and hoped so long for this chance, have imagined it so much—walking into an office or hospital in my one good maroon shirtwaist and skirt set, my black hat, my boots polished to a soft sheen.


  • “Maybe Serena convinced Mr. Godfrey to use part of his fortune to set up a union shirtwaist shop,” Yetta said.



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