Shirt waist

Definitions

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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
shirt, + waist,; see waist{3 (n.)

Usage

In literature:

Our red shirts fastened wid a strong band 'round de waist.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
His coat was already open, and the negro's great black paw flew up to his neck and tore his shirt down to the waist.
"A Desert Drama Being The Tragedy Of The "Korosko"" by A. Conan Doyle
He ripped off jacket and shirt, and, bare to the waist, scrubbed at the boy's skin.
"Plotting in Pirate Seas" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Then, after a bit, I got employment in a shirt-waist factory.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Miss Matthews was very prim and trim in a white shirt-waist and stiff collar.
"Glory of Youth" by Temple Bailey
Peggy, put your pocketbook in your shirt-waist.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
Katherine, in a plain white shirt waist and a black sailor, sat at a table alone with her father.
"Counsel for the Defense" by Leroy Scott
We wear the sacred garment, the Sudra or the shirt, the Kusti or thread for the waist, and the twofold cap.
"Les Parsis" by D. Menant
If she had known about this excursion the day before, she would have put on a different shirt-waist.
"The Wall Street Girl" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
She sent her love, and said she was going to bring a shirt-waist to get fixed.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
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In news:

But we will tell you this: If you want to look your very best from nine to five, pick up a dress shirt like the Taylor Stitch Jack Oxford, which remains consistently slim through the chest, stomach, and waist.
A flannel shirt worn around the waist is a precaution against the Pacific Northwest's mercurial clime.
Davis later called her friend into his office and told her to take her shirt off so he could take her hip, breast and waist measurements to track her progress, she said.
Clad in camouflage pants and a bright orange T-shirt, with tzitzit (tassels, worn by Orthodox Jews) hanging from his waist, he took the stage at Columbia University's Miller Theater to do a pre-concert interview.
Punk -rock fans started wearing the shirts around their waists years ago.
There's nothing new about tying a sweater around the waist to be ready for a chill breeze, but a shirt is better for the ultimate deconstructed hip-hop look.
The suspect threatened to kill her if she failed to comply, and appeared to have a handgun beneath his shirt at his waist line, according to the victim.
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