Origin of chemise
- Middle English from Old French shirt from Late Latin camisia probably ultimately (perhaps via Gaulish) of Germanic origin; akin to German Hemd shirt
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.