noun (often initial capital letter)

a Nazi.
a Nazi storm trooper.

Origin of brownshirt

1930–35; brown + shirt so called from the color of the shirt worn as part of the uniform Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for brown shirt

Brown Shirt


(in Nazi Germany) a storm trooper
a member of any fascist party or group
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Word Origin and History for brown shirt

Brown Shirt


generic term for "Nazi, fascist," especially of the thuggish sort, 1934, originally (1922) in reference to the German Sturmabteilung, Nazi militia founded 1921; they were called Brown Shirts in English because of their uniforms.

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