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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
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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
  • It is imprudent to touch blacking in a dress-shirt, so Denry had to undo the past and begin again.

  • I rather delight in lolling around in a dress-shirt; it looks so like the pictures we see in the fashionable novels.

  • 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
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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