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chemisette

[shem-uh-zet]
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noun
  1. a woman's garment of linen, lace, or the like, worn, toward the end of the Victorian era, over a low-cut or open bodice to cover the neck and breast.

Origin of chemisette

From French, dating back to 1800–10; see origin at chemise, -ette
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Examples from the Web for chemisette

Historical Examples

  • Chemisette of fulled muslin, confined with bands of needlework.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 4, September, 1850

    Various

  • Beneath it a white under-dress, having a chemisette front down to the belt, and long white sleeves down to the wrist.

  • The chemisette is composed of alternate rows of narrow plaits and insertion, and is edged with muslin embroidery to correspond.

  • The chemisette is of lace, to match that upon the skirt, and is fastened at the throat by a simple knot of pink ribbon.

  • Below, and two or three inches from the edge of the chemisette, is attached a variously coloured petticoat of very bright hues.


British Dictionary definitions for chemisette

chemisette

noun
  1. an underbodice of lawn, lace, etc, worn to fill in a low-cut dress

Word Origin

C19: from French, diminutive of chemise
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