- a usually lightweight, loose-fitting garment for women and children, covering the body from the neck or shoulders more or less to the waistline, with or without a collar and sleeves, worn inside or outside a skirt, slacks, etc.
- a single-breasted, semifitted military jacket.
- a loose outer garment, reaching to the hip or thigh, or below the knee, and sometimes belted.Compare smock frock.
- to puff out in a drooping fullness, as a blouse above a fitted waistband.
- to dispose the material of a garment in loose folds, as trouser legs over the tops of boots.
Origin of blouse
Examples from the Web for blouse
I care more about chopping trees down than buying you that Yohji Yamamoto blouse as a surprise.How Straight World Stole ‘Gay’: The Last Gasp of the ‘Lumbersexual’
November 12, 2014
One worn over her head and showing her blouse means that she is not married and looking for a husband.Shining a Spotlight on Mexico’s Iconic Textile—the Rebozo
June 16, 2014
I wasn't parading around to make a show of myself, I was trying to get my arm in my blouse to cover up.British Aristocrat and Friend Strip Topless In Airport Security Protest, Captured on CCTV
November 4, 2013
And how many times did we see shots of her touring Marbella in that one-shouldered Jean-Paul Gaultier blouse?Vacation Primary: Why Republican Candidates Win the Summer
July 3, 2012
Weeks alleged Greenstein, among other inappropriate behavior, touched her breasts as he poured M&Ms into her blouse pocket.Christine Lagarde Named New IMF Chief
June 28, 2011
Emma finished the sleeve of the blouse she was mending with a flourish.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
"That's better," said Kingozi, and began clumsily to rebutton her blouse.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
In a moment more he returned with a small man in a mechanic's blouse.Night and Morning, Complete
Hilary grinned as he slipped the weapon back into his blouse.
Hilary's hand went to the butt of the automatic within his blouse.
- a woman's shirtlike garment made of cotton, nylon, etc
- a loose-fitting smocklike garment, often knee length and belted, worn esp by E European peasants
- a loose-fitting waist-length belted jacket worn by soldiers
- to hang or make so as to hang in full loose folds
Word Origin and History for blouse
1828 (from 1822 as a French word in English), from French blouse, "workman's or peasant's smock" (1788), origin unknown. Perhaps akin to Provençal (lano) blouso "short (wool)" [Gamillscheg]. Another suggestion [Klein] is that it is from Medieval Latin pelusia, from Pelusium, a city in Upper Egypt, supposedly a clothing manufacturing center in the Middle Ages.
In Paris, a very slovenly, loose, drawn frock, with most capacious sleeves, had been introduced called a blouse. Some of our priestesses of the toilet seemed emulous of copying this deshabille, with some slight alterations, but we never wish to see it on the symmetrical form of a British lady. ["Summary of Fashion for 1822," in "Museum of Foreign Literature and Science," Jan.-June 1823]