from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A blouse or shirt worn by trappers and hunters, originally made of deerskin and highly ornamented.


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  • But for our light marching order, -- our only dress being knee-boots, hunting-shirt, and trowsers, -- it would have been next to impossible to reach our goal at all.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864 Various

  • He is attired in frontier fashion: he wears a loose coat, called a hunting-shirt, of jeans or linsey, and its color is that indescribable hue compounded of copperas and madder; pantaloons, exceedingly loose, and not very accurately cut in any part, of like color and material, defend his lower limbs.

    Western Characters or Types of Border Life in the Western States J. L. McConnel

  • Indian hunting-shirt, from another a blanket, a woman's shawl, and a medicine bag, from a third divers jingling bundles of brooches and hawk-bells, together with a pouch containing vermilion and other paints, the principal articles of savage toilet; which he made up into a bundle, to be used for a purpose he did not conceal from his comrades.

    Nick of the Woods Robert M. Bird

  • One had a hunting-shirt of blue and white striped calico, which made its wearer's broad back and huge shoulders resemble a walking feather-bed; another was remarkable for a brilliant straw-hat -- a New Orleans purchase, that looked about as well on his bronzed physiognomy as a Chinese roof would do on a pigsty.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844 Various

  • The costume of the men was a raccoon-skin cap, linsey hunting-shirt, buck-skin leggings and moccasons, with a butcher-knife in the belt.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 43, May, 1861 Creator Various

  • He wore, it is true, a new and jaunty hunting-shirt of dressed deer-skin, as yellow as gold, and fringed and furbelowed with shreds of the same substance, dyed as red as blood-root could make them; but was otherwise, to the view, a plain yeoman, endowed with those gifts of mind only which were necessary to his station, but with the virtues which are alike common to forest and city.

    Nick of the Woods Robert M. Bird

  • The natives, therefore, for intrudin 'upon their sile, tuk him prisoner, stripped him of his hunting-shirt and other clothing, tarred and feathered him, and rid him on a rail!

    Incidents of the War: Humorous, Pathetic, and Descriptive Alf Burnett

  • "Well, sir, I reckon I may venture," said a hard-featured backwoodsman in a green hunting-shirt, whose pistols, if not quite so good as those wagered, were at any rate the next best.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 363, January, 1846 Various

  • He was clad for the moment in the dress of the riflemen, a full suit of buckskin, leggings, hunting-shirt, and all, while carelessly thrown across one arm was his rifle, and in his belt was sheathed the long hunting-knife.

    The Tory Maid Herbert Baird Stimpson

  • Mr. Stabler has not let him come before us in his deerskin hunting-shirt, but has made him presentable by getting him into a black dress-coat, the uniform of perfect respectability and tiresomeness.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 26, December, 1859 Various


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