Main definitions of jersey in English

: jersey1Jersey2



  • 1A knitted garment with long sleeves, worn over the upper body.

    • ‘When I moved my trade show uniform from an ottoman rib to a jersey knit, he adjusted the tape to make the new shirts look better than the old ones.’
    • ‘She settles on insulated booties, oversize pedals, and a clear slicker, which she slips over her jersey.’
    • ‘I wiped the smile right off her face, she says, like she used to wipe her school slate clean with a bit of spit and an unwinding jersey sleeve.’
    • ‘Underneath I wore either a short sleeve or long sleeve jersey while cycling or a turtle neck shirt during leisure wear.’
    • ‘The tanned, trim body was wearing a blue-and-white striped jersey with the sleeves pushed up and gabardine pants.’
    • ‘I brought a range of things from dresses to mini skirts to tank tops to trousers and jerseys.’
    • ‘By 6 pm, the Coast Guard team arrived with Charles' body, which was clad in a red jersey and black trousers.’
    • ‘She's very realistic, she's got real hair and she's wearing a little pinafore and a jersey.’
    • ‘I've resorted to thermal underwear, several layers of jerseys, winter stockings and a polar fleece jacket.’
    • ‘I then tramped downstairs, still in my hockey jersey, my jeans and my Converse.’
    • ‘One man was dressed in a grey jersey, three-quarter jeans and carried a shotgun.’
    • ‘He tugged a woolen jersey from his pack and pulled it on.’
    • ‘The Harmattan, the seasonal desert wind, blew constantly, a sharp chill keeping us in long trousers and jerseys even by day.’
    • ‘On top of their sweaters the students pulled on coloured checkered jerseys.’
    • ‘She wore denim jeans, a sky blue cotton jersey with navy blue sleeves, and a beaded necklace.’
    • ‘Virtually all the customers are men in grey wool jerseys; most have red suspenders.’
    • ‘The man also wore a mustard coloured jersey or cardigan, a white shirt with thin, dark vertical lines and a fourteen and a half collar.’
    • ‘Jessica had pulled her jeans on over top of her pajama pants, and wore a baggy jersey, all of which was dripping.’
    • ‘North-eastern Division police, who were then alerted, said the body was clad in a brown jersey and black short pants.’
    • ‘I answered, clutching at the hem of my oversized jersey as a cold draft blew around my exposed legs.’
    1. 1.1A distinctive shirt worn by a player or competitor in certain sports.
      • ‘Suede also proved that urban fashion isn't always about baggy jeans, jerseys and Snoop Dogg.’
      • ‘Do they simply add them to their jersey pockets or do they attach them to their bodies under their jerseys?’
      • ‘He was wondering why no one had noticed that he liked to wear long sleeves under his jersey.’
      • ‘Although Dad is taking neither a Wallabies jersey or footy jumper to wear at the game.’
      • ‘The other is for touch football jerseys, which give an authentic athletic look, but are a good cut for streetwear.’
      • ‘He pulled on the jeans and the jersey, and then grabbed his red baseball cap from where it was sitting, on his stereo.’
      • ‘The coffin was draped with the Kilkenny jersey and the Galmoy jersey.’
      • ‘She didn't look up, but saw it was a guy wearing a hockey jersey and tracksuit pants was the offender.’
      • ‘The reason why Limerick's squad was so depleted was due to a growing injury list and they simply hadn't the bodies to fill the subs jerseys.’
      • ‘I must have looked strange to them, dressed as I was in a football jersey and torn jeans, Converse All-Stars on my feet.’
      • ‘Itto was in one of his red football jerseys and jeans, he was lounged out on the couch watching cartoons.’
      • ‘A skinny white thug in a Lakers jersey lunged in my direction with a purpose.’
      • ‘The new jerseys were the blue and white striped jersey, the colours that the teams still play in.’
      • ‘I was merely commenting how superior the Assos jersey seemed, compared to the other jerseys in my burgeoning collection.’
      • ‘If you're on a team, and required to wear identical jerseys, don't neglect to bring matching jerseys.’
      • ‘A dress code had been in operation at the pub for eight years banning tracksuits, runners and football jerseys specifically.’
      • ‘Mark Rice was consistently weaving through the purple jerseys and supplied St. Paul's with plenty of ammunition.’
      • ‘For sportswear firms the replica jersey market is a huge earner.’
      • ‘The referee didn't allow them to play as both the jerseys looked alike under yellow light.’
      • ‘Rock had worn his new jersey and he'd bought himself a new Red Sox hat, offering to buy Ally one too.’
    2. 1.2mass noun A soft, fine knitted fabric.
      as modifier ‘a jersey skirt’
      • ‘Stretch shiny silk satin, light stretch silk twill, jersey, nylon taffeta, and leather dominate the collection.’
      • ‘I love working with jersey fabrics because it's easy to wear and comfortably drapes over a women's frame.’
      • ‘The fabrics are understated, using simple knits, jersey cotton and moleskins.’
      • ‘Glove-fit suede, plonge lamb and leopard combined with crepe, jersey and silk chiffon were also introduced.’
      • ‘Plain suiting and tweed is teamed with slick, shiny leather and fine jersey tops.’
      • ‘Cotton flannel or jersey sheets are another healthy option because they're not treated with chemicals.’
      • ‘If it is not that cold, a jersey dress made of soft warm jersey would be wonderful, over your wool stockings and under your warm coat.’
      • ‘The jersey fabric flatters and leaves you room to move, thanks to a small dose of Lycra.’
      • ‘There is a pale colour printed viscose jersey T-shirt dress that is very easy to wear.’
      • ‘Not wanting to miss out, I pick an item at random - a nice red dress made of classic jersey, or possibly cashmere - and clap vigorously.’
      • ‘Jeneane from Calgary made the latest pattern from Loes Hinse in red cotton Lycra jersey.’
      • ‘Tops work both day and night whether you chose fine zig zag knits or super smooth jersey.’
      • ‘The fabrics for spring are satin, jersey, chiffon and lace, turning up in every category from street wear to evening wear.’
      • ‘Trouser suits and jersey knit tops are key items in what she calls her seasonal capsule wardrobe of significant items.’
      • ‘The top, though long enough to cover the waist of the pants, was of jersey material, which meant a constant pulling down.’
      • ‘Knit fabrics are available in a wide variety of styles and textures - from sporty to elegant, jersey to velour.’
      • ‘Fabrics offer luxurious style in rich velvets, sheer chiffon, shiny satin and slinky jerseys.’
  • 2

    (also Jersey)
    An animal of a breed of light brown dairy cattle from Jersey.

    • ‘Cross-breeding Holstein dairy cows with Jerseys is boosting milk income on Pembrokeshire's spring calving farms.’
    • ‘Still, most Wisconsin dairy producers favor Holsteins over Jerseys.’
    • ‘Without grain in summer, the Holsteins and Jerseys got too skinny.’
    • ‘Cheese is huge business in a town where the community of Holsteins and Jerseys rivals the human population in size.’
    • ‘I had taken two sculpting classes at Iowa State University, and I knew cows, since we milked 300 Jerseys at our dairy farm.’
    • ‘In 1883, Hulke became the recipient of a prestigious national prize for his herd of Jerseys milkers, made up of Jenny and her calves.’
    • ‘In 1956 they moved back to the Steinbach area, where they purchased purebred Jerseys and became dairy farmers for nine years.’
    • ‘Compared to the five other major breeds milked in the United States, Jerseys give less milk.’
    • ‘‘They're really hard-working, these little Jerseys,’ says Edie, who takes her own share of barn shifts; at least two a week.’
    • ‘‘The Jerseys exhibit more fertility as well as a higher fat and protein content in their milk compared to Holsteins,’ says Washburn.’
    • ‘Mr Phillip keeps 20 Jerseys, which run alongside a herd of 110 Holstein Friesians.’
    • ‘Friesians and Jerseys will have to trample a lot of washing before they become as unpopular as York's pigeons.’
    • ‘They milk 150 Jerseys but plan to increase the herd size to 180 this autumn.’
    • ‘Another large breed with myriad coat colors, Nubians are known as the Jerseys of the goat world for producing milk with high butterfat content.’
    • ‘It transpired that the cow was Isobel, a three year old jersey heifer owned by Odds Farm Park, just outside Wycombe.’
    • ‘Soon, the Thwaites' jersey herd comprised only registered cattle.’
    • ‘Jim and his family moved to Oeo where they continued to produce top jersey cattle under the name of Glanton Stud.’


Late 16th century (denoting woollen worsted fabric made in Jersey): from Jersey.




Main definitions of Jersey in English

: jersey1Jersey2


proper noun

  • The largest of the Channel Islands; population 91,900 (est. 2009); capital, St Helier.