a tailored blouse or shirt worn by women.
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.

Origin of shirtwaist

First recorded in 1875–80; shirt + waist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for shirtwaister


US and Canadian shirtwaist


a woman's dress with a tailored bodice resembling a shirt
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