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[shurt-weyst] /ˈʃɜrtˌweɪst/
a tailored blouse or shirt worn by women.
Also called shirt-dress, shirtwaist dress, shirtwaister. a dress with a bodice and a front opening tailored like those of a dress shirt.
Origin of shirtwaist
1875-80; shirt + waist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Her coat had left some wrinkles in her shirtwaist, but she stretched and patted them out.

    The Girls at Mount Morris Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Then she pulled down her shirtwaist all around and went down to supper.

    Roast Beef, Medium Edna Ferber
  • Suddenly she unfastened a button of her shirtwaist and drew from around her neck a little blue ribbon on which hung a seal ring.

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

    Winona of the Camp Fire Margaret Widdemer
  • I remember I had on a saggy skirt and a shirtwaist that must have looked like it had been improvised out of a coffee sack.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • "I'd like to suggest a couple of shirtwaist cases," said Mrs. Smith.

  • The young woman stared wide-eyed at Mr. Gubb for a moment; she turned as white as her shirtwaist.

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

    Ruth Fielding Down in Dixie Alice B. Emerson
  • But life told them that society was brutal: an episode like the shirtwaist factory fire drove them to blasphemy and dynamite.

    A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann
  • Believe me, I wish I had half a dollar for every shirtwaist I bought off him in my life!

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst

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