- 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
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
It is imprudent to touch blacking in a dress-shirt, so Denry had to undo the past and begin again.The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns
At present his raiment is a disgrace, and he wears a dress-shirt like a crumpled sheet of the Pioneer.Under the Deodars
"Robert Browning," replied the lady, with a look of scorn, and the dress-shirt sank again.Miss Primrose
Roy Rolfe Gilson
- a man's shirt, usually white, worn as part of formal evening dress, usually having a stiffened or decorative front