or tee-shirt, tee shirt

  1. a lightweight, usually knitted, pullover shirt, close-fitting and with a round neckline and short sleeves, worn as an undershirt or outer garment.

Origin of T-shirt

First recorded in 1940–45; named from its shape
Also called T, tee.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for t-shirt

turtleneck, bodice, pullover, shell, T-shirt, slipover, middy, bodysuit

Examples from the Web for t-shirt

Contemporary Examples of t-shirt

Historical Examples of t-shirt

British Dictionary definitions for t-shirt


tee shirt

  1. a lightweight simple garment for the upper body, usually short-sleeved

Word Origin for T-shirt

so called because of its shape
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for t-shirt



1920, in reference to the shape it makes when laid out flat.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper