A young woman in a pale colored blouse.
- 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 position a garment so that it hangs loosely from the body.
When you lightly pull your dress up and out from above the belt or waistline, it will blouse the dress's fabric.
- a loose, smocklike outer garment of varying length, traditionally worn by certain European peasants and workmen
- a loose garment similar to a shirt, worn esp. by women
- the coat or jacket of a service uniform or dress uniform of the armed forces
- a sailor's jumper
Origin of blouseFr, (18th circa ) workman's smock from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
transitive verbbloused, blous′ing
- A woman's or child's loosely fitting shirt that extends to the waist or slightly below. 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, 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.