Definition of hair shirt noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


hair shirt

BrE BrE//ˌheə ˈʃɜːt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌher ˈʃɜːrt//
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a shirt made of rough cloth containing hair, worn in the past by people who wished to punish themselves for religious reasons
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hair shirt