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[shuh-meez] /ʃəˈmiz/
a woman's loose-fitting, shirtlike undergarment.
(in women's fashions) a dress designed to hang straight from the shoulders and fit loosely at the waist, sometimes more tightly at the hip.
a revetment for an earth embankment.
Origin of chemise
before 1050; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French: shirt < Late Latin camīsa linen undergarment, shirt; replacing Middle English kemes, Old English cemes < Late Latin camīsa Unabridged
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  • So long as she was not beneath it, she would have gone off willingly without a chemise to her back.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Then she told her how she had made herself a chemise and the trouble she had had in cutting it.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot
  • The lady pulls a curtain across the window, and then, stripping herself of her chemise, she gets into bed.

    English Costume Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • I saw Leah enter my room in her chemise and a light petticoat.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Up went the chemise to the end of the pole, and Smallbones grinned as he hoisted it.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • Why, 'tis no more than a loose waistcoat and a chemise unbuttoned at the neck.

  • She had a chemise, which she kept tucking into her breast, pulling up her under-garments, and examining her stockings.

  • "A little longer than your chemise," answered Erik promptly.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • Beneath this chemise, muddy trousers and boots through which his toes projected were visible.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • Her attire consisted of a chemise and a pair of cowhide boots.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
British Dictionary definitions for chemise


an unwaisted loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders
a loose shirtlike undergarment
Also called shift
Word Origin
C14: from Old French: shirt, from Late Latin camisa, perhaps of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for chemise

late Old English, cemes "shirt," from Old French chemise "shirt, undertunic, shift," or directly from Late Latin camisia "shirt, tunic" (Jerome; also source of Italian camicia, Spanish camisa); originally a soldier's word, probably via Gaulish, from Proto-Germanic *khamithjan (cf. Old Frisian hemethe, Old Saxon hemithi, Old English hemeðe, German hemd "shirt"), from PIE root *kem- "to cover, cloak" (cf. heaven). The French form took over after c.1200. Related: Chemisette.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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