dress shirt


a man's shirt worn for formal or semiformal evening dress, usually having French cuffs and a stiff or pleated front to be fastened with studs.
a man's shirt, buttoning down the front and typically having long sleeves with barrel or French cuffs, and a soft or starched collar, worn with a necktie.

Compare sport shirt.

Origin of dress shirt

First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for dress shirt

Historical Examples of dress shirt

  • I've got on your dress-shirt—— Made me look more like a ghost.

    Ann Arbor Tales

    Karl Edwin Harriman

  • That is not a star on his chest, but a diamond pig, rampant on a field of dress-shirt.

    The Main Chance

    Meredith Nicholson

  • It is imprudent to touch blacking in a dress-shirt, so Denry had to undo the past and begin again.

  • At present his raiment is a disgrace, and he wears a dress-shirt like a crumpled sheet of the Pioneer.

    Under the Deodars

    Rudyard Kipling

  • "Robert Browning," replied the lady, with a look of scorn, and the dress-shirt sank again.

    Miss Primrose

    Roy Rolfe Gilson

British Dictionary definitions for dress shirt

dress shirt


a man's shirt, usually white, worn as part of formal evening dress, usually having a stiffened or decorative front
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