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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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  • Her sleeves were rolled up and her camisole was slipping down her shoulders.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Then she slipped off her petticoat and camisole, and put on the muslin wrapper.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • And as to the camisole and jupon, I am not quite sure about them either.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • A strait-jacket, indeed, is not a camisole, just as electrocution is not hanging.

    A Mind That Found Itself Clifford Whittingham Beers
  • 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
  • Grace uncarded a length of ribbon, and began to thread it through the lace of the garment known to the Hostel as a camisole.

    The War-Workers E.M. Delafield
  • Mrs. Bindle, in petticoat and camisole, pushed Bindle aside and took her place in front of the mirror.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
  • 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
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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