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shirtwaist

[shurt-weyst] /ˈʃɜrtˌweɪst/
noun
1.
a tailored blouse or shirt worn by women.
2.
Also called shirt-dress, shirtwaist dress, shirtwaister. a dress with a bodice and a front opening tailored like those of a dress shirt.
Origin of shirtwaist
1875-1880
First recorded in 1875-80; shirt + waist
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Historical Examples
  • Then, after a bit, I got employment in a shirt-waist factory.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • Some began breaking off floral sprays to decorate hat-band or shirt-waist.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • Her shirt-waist was snowy-white, and fastened down—oh, so securely!

    The Long Day

    Dorothy Richardson
  • Her shirt-waist was serviceable in seasons as uncertain as the present.

    The Triumph of John Kars

    Ridgwell Cullum
  • She wore a shirt-waist of brown silk, and a little cutaway jacket.

    The Jamesons Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • With deft fingers she centered the green tie of her shirt-waist and stuck a fresh handkerchief in her left coat pocket.

  • But he never sold anything—except a shirt-waist pattern to Mrs. Ostermaier, the minister's wife.

  • In the front of my shirt-waist there are nine cambric handkerchiefs cunningly distributed.

  • As Larry went out he heard his instructions being executed while an adept hand safely banked the bill inside her shirt-waist.

  • Gliding in, she seated herself on a shirt-waist box and assumed a pose of figure which she believed to be artistic.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
Word Origin and History for shirt-waist
n.

1879, from shirt (n.) + waist (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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