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redshirt Line breaks: red|shirt
Pronunciation: /ˈrɛdʃəːt/

Definition of redshirt in English:


1US informal A college athlete who is withdrawn from university sporting events for a year to develop their skills and extend their period of playing eligibility by a further year at this level of competition: [as modifier]: a redshirt freshman who had never started a college game and wasn’t expecting to start in one this year
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  • 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.
2A supporter of Garibaldi, in particular one of the thousand who sailed with him in 1860 to conquer Sicily.


[with object] US informal Back to top  
1Keep (an athlete) out of university competition for a year: he was less developed at the outset, so he was redshirted
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  • 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 a college athlete) be barred from university competition for a year: he redshirted last season
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  • 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.

Words that rhyme with redshirt

Blackshirt • T-shirt

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