Definition of Crimean shirt in English:

Crimean shirt


Australian, NZ
  • A coloured flannel shirt, as worn by workers in the bush.

    ‘he wore a dirty torn Crimean shirt’
    • ‘We were pretty fussy with our clothes, no flannel Crimean shirts and dungarees for us.’
    • ‘His Crimean shirt was torn into ribbons.’
    • ‘The rough guernsey or dark Crimean shirt is almost the only wear.’
    • ‘He wore a Crimean shirt, and a hat like a stage cowboy.’
    • ‘A bushman, in Crimean shirt and moleskins, would clatter over the stony road and dismount before the inn.’


Mid 19th century: from the name of the Black Sea peninsula, probably with reference to the warmth of the material.