An undershirt is an article of underwear worn underneath a shirt. This is to protect dress shirts from sweat and smells. It also makes dress shirts less transparent. The term most commonly refers to upper-body wear worn by males.

Factory mass produced undershirts became common in the West in the early 20th century, with innovations turning the union suit into two pieces, for upper and lower body.

By the late 20th century, some of these garments originally intended to be worn under other clothing came to be worn as the sole top garmentFact|date=August 2007 while their use as an undergarment became rare and unusual.

Types of undershirts

* A-shirt
* T-shirt

ee also

* Camisole
* Chemise
* Halterneck
* Sleeveless shirt

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  • undershirt — ► NOUN chiefly N. Amer. ▪ an undergarment worn under a shirt; a vest …   English terms dictionary

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  • undershirt — UK [ˈʌndə(r)ˌʃɜː(r)t] / US [ˈʌndərˌʃɜrt] noun [countable] Word forms undershirt : singular undershirt plural undershirts American a vest I, 1) …   English dictionary

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  • undershirt — noun Date: 1648 a collarless undergarment with or without sleeves • undershirted adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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