Definition of shirtwaister in English:



  • A woman's dress with a seam at the waist, its bodice incorporating a collar and button fastening in the style of a shirt.

    • ‘Do not give us shirt or raglan sleeves, or ‘shirtwaister’ styles with blousy tops, or flared or pleated skirts in boring patterns.’
    • ‘Instead, putting on my best pink shirtwaister and a brave smile, I actually played the record before heading off on my birthday treat.’
    • ‘She was later to be seen in his most celebrated creation, the ultra - suede shirtwaister, a huge hit in 1972.’
    • ‘No, the way to wear this summer's flat shoes is with crisp A-line skirts, shirtwaister dresses and narrow trousers.’