[ shem-uh-zet ]
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  1. a woman's garment of linen, lace, or the like, worn, toward the end of the Victorian era, over a low-cut or open bodice to cover the neck and breast.

Origin of chemisette

From French, dating back to 1800–10; see origin at chemise, -ette

Words Nearby chemisette Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use chemisette in a sentence

  • A chemisette of the finest cambric appeared within the bodice, and covered the bosom.

    The Hour and the Man | Harriet Martineau
  • Her brocade bodice trimmed with jet would partly cover her white chemisette.

    The Four Corners Abroad | Amy Ella Blanchard
  • chemisette of lace, finished at the throat with a fulled band and petite ruffle.

  • Almost at every turn the white chemisette of the brook bird glinted from some grey stone and went piping before us up stream.

    Poachers and Poaching | John Watson
  • She wore a gown of cambric, covered with narrow pink stripes, and cut low at the throat, so as to display a muslin chemisette.

    The Country Doctor | Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for chemisette


/ (ˌʃɛmɪˈzɛt) /

  1. an underbodice of lawn, lace, etc, worn to fill in a low-cut dress

Origin of chemisette

C19: from French, diminutive of chemise

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