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Black Shirt

a member of a fascist organization, especially the Italian Fascist militia, wearing a black shirt as part of the uniform.
Origin of Black Shirt
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A man in a cap, Black Shirt,18 and high boots, walked up to Elisaveta.

    The Created Legend Feodor Sologub
  • I made my father put away his Black Shirt and dress up in an American white shirt and starched collar.

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • But, O Knud the Bear, thou wilt off with that Black Shirt of thine when this sun is higher.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • Their distinguishing badge (which would now probably be a Black Shirt) was a red cap.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
Word Origin and History for Black Shirt

1922, member of Fasci di Combattimento, Italian paramilitary unit founded 1919 by Mussolini; so called for their uniforms.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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