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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(in Europe) a member of a fascist organization, esp a member of the Italian Fascist party before and during World War II
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1922, member of Fasci di Combattimento, Italian paramilitary unit founded 1919 by Mussolini; so called for their uniforms.
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