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vest

noun [C] uk   /vest/ us  
C1 UK (US undershirt) a type of underwear, often with no sleeves, that covers the upper part of the body, worn for extra warmth: a cotton/wool/string vest She always wore a long-sleeved thermal vest in the winter.Underwear UK (also vest top) a shirt without sleeves, usually made out of cotton, that is worn in the summer or for sport: The cyclists were all dressed in tight lycra shorts and the official team vest. He wore a vest top and a pair of luminous shorts to the beach party.Sportswear and swimwearJumpers, shirts and tee-shirts C2 US for waistcoatCoats, jackets and cloaks
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