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[kam-uh-sohl] /ˈkæm əˌsoʊl/
a short garment worn underneath a sheer bodice to conceal the underwear.
a woman's negligee jacket.
a sleeved jacket or jersey once worn by men.
a straitjacket with long sleeves.
Origin of camisole
1810-20; < French < Provençal camisola; equivalent to camis(a) (< Late Latin camīsa shirt; see chemise) + -ola -ule Unabridged
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  • A strait-jacket, indeed, is not a camisole, just as electrocution is not hanging.

    A Mind That Found Itself Clifford Whittingham Beers
  • Her sleeves were rolled up and her camisole was slipping down her shoulders.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Her pretty foot has pressed this piece of rubber; it can be conveniently sewed to the camisole and worn next the heart.

    Judy of York Hill Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett
  • Then she slipped off her petticoat and camisole, and put on the muslin wrapper.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • Bright pink and blue ribbons in a camisole or chemise will always look a bit garish when viewed through a thin blouse.

  • And as to the camisole and jupon, I am not quite sure about them either.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • Mrs. Bindle, in petticoat and camisole, pushed Bindle aside and took her place in front of the mirror.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
  • Then there was the camisole that concealed the corset and had to be "pinned" in with safety pins.

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter Sir Harry Johnston
  • You'll sit next your young niece here, and see she don't go slipping any of the spoons off the table inside her camisole.

    Miss Million's Maid Bertha Ruck
British Dictionary definitions for camisole


a woman's underbodice with shoulder straps, originally designed as a cover for a corset
a woman's dressing jacket or short negligée
(modifier) resembling a camisole (the underbodice), as in fitting snugly around the bust and having a straight neckline: a camisole slip, a camisole top
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Provençal camisola, from camisa shirt, from Late Latin camīsia
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Word Origin and History for camisole

1816, from French camisole (16c.), from Provençal camisola "mantle," diminutive of camisa "shirt," from Late Latin camisia "shirt, nightgown" (see chemise).

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