- a woman's undergarment somewhat like a loose, short slip
- shift (noun)
Origin of chemiseMiddle English from Old French from Late Latin camisia, shirt, tunic, probably via Gaulish from Germanic an unverified form chamithja- (from source Old English hemethe, German hemd, shirt) from Indo-European base an unverified form ?em-, to cover, cloak from source heaven
- A woman's loose, shirtlike undergarment.
- A loosely fitting dress that hangs straight; a shift.
Origin of chemiseMiddle English from Old French shirt from Late Latin camisia probably ultimately ( perhaps via Gaulish) of Germanic origin; akin to German Hemd shirt
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman chemés (“shirt”), Old French chainse, chamisae (“linen clothes, undergarment”), from Latin camisa, camisia (“shirt, undergarment, nightgown”), from Proto-Germanic *hamiþiją (“clothes, shirt, skirt”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱam- (“cover, clothes”). Cognate with Old High German hemidi (German Hemd, “shirt”), Old English hemeþe (“shirt”), ham (“undergarment”), hama (“covering, dress, garment”). More at hame.