- A blouse is defined as a loose-fitting garment resembling a shirt that is usually worn by women, peasants or workers.
- A long-sleeved, collared button-down shirt is an example of a blouse.
- A loose-fitting cotton shirt worn by a worker in the fields on a farm that is belted at the waist is an example of a blouse.
- Blouse means to tug at or position a garment or article of clothing so it hangs in loose folds.
When you tug your dress out away from your body so that it hangs out loosely, this is an example of a time when you blouse the dress fabric.
A young woman in a pale colored blouse.
- a loose, smocklike outer garment of varying length, traditionally worn by certain European peasants and workmen
- a loose garment similar to a shirt, worn by women and children
- the coat or jacket of a service uniform or dress uniform of the armed forces
- a sailor's jumper
Origin of blouseFrench (18th circa ) workman's smock ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A woman's or child's loosely fitting shirt that extends to the waist or slightly below. See Note at greasy.
- A loosely fitting garment resembling a long shirt, worn especially by European workmen.
- The service coat or tunic worn by the members of some branches of the US armed forces.
intr. & tr.v.bloused bloused, blous·ing, blous·es
Origin of blouseFrench, possibly alteration (influenced by blousse, wool scraps, of Germanic origin) of obsolete French blaude, from Old French bliaut, probably of Germanic origin .
(third-person singular simple present blouses, present participle blousing, simple past and past participle bloused)
- (military): unblouse
1828, from French blouse (“a workman's or peasant's smock”), of obscure origin. Three theories include:
- French blousse (“scraps of wool”), from Occitan lano blouso (“pure or short wool”), from blous, blos (“pure, empty, bare”), from Old High German blōz "naked, bare" (German bloss "bare")
- A conflation of the aforementioned and French blaude, bliaud (“a kind of smock”), from Old French bliau, also from Frankish *blīfald (“topcoat of scarlet colour”), from blī- "coloured, bright" + -fald (“crease, fold”). More at blee, fold.
- From Medieval Latin pelusia, from Pelusium, a city of Upper Egypt, a clothing manufacturer during the Middle Ages.
More at blee, fold.