[ blous, blouz ]
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  1. 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.

  2. a single-breasted, semifitted military jacket.

  1. a loose outer garment, reaching to the hip or thigh, or below the knee, and sometimes belted.: Compare smock frock.

verb (used without object),bloused, blous·ing.
  1. to puff out in a drooping fullness, as a blouse above a fitted waistband.

verb (used with object),bloused, blous·ing.
  1. to dispose the material of a garment in loose folds, as trouser legs over the tops of boots.

Origin of blouse

1820–30; <French, perhaps from the phrase *vêtement de laine blouse garment of short (i.e., uncarded, pure) wool; compare Provençal (lano) blouso pure (wool) <Old High German blōz naked, cognate with Old English bleat poor, miserable

Other words from blouse

  • blouselike, adjective
  • blous·y, adjective
  • un·bloused, adjective

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How to use blouse in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for blouse


/ (blaʊz) /

  1. a woman's shirtlike garment made of cotton, nylon, etc

  2. a loose-fitting smocklike garment, often knee length and belted, worn esp by E European peasants

  1. a loose-fitting waist-length belted jacket worn by soldiers

  1. to hang or make so as to hang in full loose folds

Origin of blouse

C19: from French, of unknown origin

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