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  1. a tailored blouse or shirt worn by women.
  2. Also called shirt-dress, shirtwaist dress, shirt·waist·er. a dress with a bodice and a front opening tailored like those of a dress shirt.
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Origin of shirtwaist

First recorded in 1875–80; shirt + waist
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for shirtwaist

Historical Examples

  • Then she pulled down her shirtwaist all around and went down to supper.

    Roast Beef, Medium

    Edna Ferber

  • Just as well as you can make a shirtwaist, replied Helen, unruffled.

    Winona of the Camp Fire

    Margaret Widdemer

  • "I'd like to suggest a couple of shirtwaist cases," said Mrs. Smith.

  • She dodged back out of sight, for she had removed her shirtwaist.

  • Believe me, I wish I had half a dollar for every shirtwaist I bought off him in my life!