Definition of redshirt in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈredˌSHərt/
US informal


A college athlete who is withdrawn from college sporting events during one year in order to develop skills and extend the period of playing eligibility by a further year at this level of competition.
Example sentences
  • He missed a game due to a hamstring injury as a redshirt freshman, another game as a sophomore with a sprained ankle, and two more games as a junior when he broke his arm.
  • When I was a redshirt freshman, we played Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament.
  • It's kind of like a redshirt year in college simply because you're not doing what the other guys are doing.


[with object]
1(Of a coach) keep (an athlete) out of college competition for a year in order to develop the athlete’s skills and extend their period of playing eligibility: he came to Ohio State as a defensive lineman and was redshirted in 2010
More example sentences
  • The coaching staff might consider redshirting him.
  • Coach Rick Barnes initially considered redshirting Taylor but changed his mind when he saw Taylor's offensive ability and when guard Kenton Paulino was injured in preseason practice.
  • And if we can't get the complete guy, we get a guy who's missing something and we try to fill in his blanks by redshirting him, or plenty of individual instruction.
1.1 [no object] (Of an athlete) stay out of college competition for a year to develop one’s skills and extend one’s period of playing eligibility: he redshirted last season
More example sentences
  • Several swimmers are redshirting or changing their training to prepare for the US.
  • Finally, he sat out three games his senior season thinking he'd redshirt, only to be asked to play when the starters were hurt.
  • After redshirting in 1998, he used the next three seasons to learn his new position.


From the red shirts worn by such athletes in practices with regular team members.

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Syllabification: red·shirt

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