- 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
Examples from the Web for chemise
So long as she was not beneath it, she would have gone off willingly without a chemise to her back.
Whether she was in her chemise or in full dress did not matter.
That chemise was not hers, she would have nothing to do with it.
I saw Leah enter my room in her chemise and a light petticoat.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
She wanted to make a chemise to replace the only one which she possessed.Nobody's Girl
- an unwaisted loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders
- a loose shirtlike undergarment
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.