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[shurt-weyst] /ˈʃɜrtˌweɪst/
a tailored blouse or shirt worn by women.
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
1875-80; shirt + waist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • She didn't believe but that she had hung up the shirt-waist and that it had slipped down.

    The Four Corners Amy Ella Blanchard
  • Then, after a bit, I got employment in a shirt-waist factory.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • He once sent this same lady, apropos of the return of the shirt-waist season, a dozen neckties.

    The Bibliotaph Leon H. Vincent
  • Some began breaking off floral sprays to decorate hat-band or shirt-waist.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • She wore a shirt-waist of brown silk, and a little cutaway jacket.

    The Jamesons Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Her shirt-waist was serviceable in seasons as uncertain as the present.

    The Triumph of John Kars Ridgwell Cullum
  • The soubrette had a lank young body neatly attired in a store suit and shirt-waist.

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

  • It is a fact that a shirt-waist looks entirely different on different girls.

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

Word Origin and History for shirt-waist

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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