redshirt definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Slang to withdraw (a player) from a varsity team for a year so that the player will be eligible for athletics an extra year later
Origin: from the traditional red shirts worn by the scrimmage team, with whom such players may continue to practice
such a player
redshirt definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb red·shirt·ed, red·shirt·ing, red·shirts
To keep (a college or school athlete) out of varsity competition for one year in order to extend the athlete's period of eligibility.
Origin: From the red jerseys worn by such athletes to distinguish them from the regular players.
- redˈshirtˌ adjective & n.