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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of camisole

Historical Examples of camisole

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


    Emile Zola

  • Then she slipped off her petticoat and camisole, and put on the muslin wrapper.

  • And as to the camisole and jupon, I am not quite sure about them either.


    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

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 necklinea camisole slip; a camisole top

Word Origin for camisole

C19: from French, from Provençal camisola, from camisa shirt, from Late Latin camīsia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper