Black Shirt

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin and History for black shirt

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