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redshirt Syllabification: red·shirt
Pronunciation: /ˈredˌSHərt/
US informal

Definition of redshirt in English:


A college athlete who is withdrawn from college sporting events during one year in order to develop skills and extend the period of playing eligibility by a further year at this level of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] (usually be redshirted) Back to top  
Keep (an athlete) out of college competition for a year: he was less developed at the outset, so he was redshirted
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.


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

Words that rhyme with redshirt

Blackshirt • T-shirt

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