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dress shirt

a man's shirt worn for formal or semiformal evening dress, usually having French cuffs and a stiff or pleated front to be fastened with studs.
a man's shirt, buttoning down the front and typically having long sleeves with barrel or French cuffs, and a soft or starched collar, worn with a necktie.
Compare sport shirt.
Origin of dress shirt
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At the moment, as it happened, I was putting cuff-links into a dress shirt.

    American Adventures Julian Street
  • The dress shirt, I may say for the benefit of other travellers, proved invaluable.

    My Discovery of England Stephen Leacock
  • It was none too well heated and I remember how the cold went through my dress shirt.

    The Iron Ration George Abel Schreiner
  • At present his raiment is a disgrace, and he wears a dress shirt like a crumpled sheet of the 'Pioneer'.

  • Immediately after lunch I repaired to my cabin to consider my dress shirt.

    A Yankee in the Far East George Hoyt Allen
British Dictionary definitions for dress shirt

dress shirt

a man's shirt, usually white, worn as part of formal evening dress, usually having a stiffened or decorative front
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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