- 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
Historical Examples of chemise
So long as she was not beneath it, she would have gone off willingly without a chemise to her back.
That chemise was not hers, she would have nothing to do with it.
Whether she was in her chemise or in full dress did not matter.
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 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.