Chemise meaning

shə-mēz'
A woman's loose, shirtlike undergarment.
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A loosely fitting dress that hangs straight; a shift.
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A woman's undergarment somewhat like a loose, short slip.
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(historical) A loose shirtlike undergarment, especially for women.
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A short nightdress, or similar piece of lingerie.
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A woman's dress that fits loosely; a chemise dress.
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A wall that lines the face of a bank or earthwork.
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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.
    From Wiktionary