Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman's or child's loosely fitting shirt that extends to the waist or slightly below. See Regional Note at greasy.
  • n. A loosely fitting garment resembling a long shirt, worn especially by European workmen.
  • n. The service coat or tunic worn by the members of some branches of the U.S. armed forces.
  • transitive v. To hang or cause to hang loosely and fully.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An outer garment, usually loose, that is similar to a shirt and reaches from the neck to the waist or below. Nowadays, in colloquial use, blouse refers almost always to a woman's shirt that buttons down the front.
  • n. A loose-fitting uniform jacket.
  • v. To hang a garment in loose folds.
  • v. To tuck one's pants/trousers (into one's boots).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A light, loose over-garment, like a smock frock, worn especially by workingmen in France; also, a loose coat of any material, as the undress uniform coat of the United States army.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A light loose upper garment, made of linen or cotton, worn by men as a protection from dust or in place of a coat. A blue linen blouse is the common dress of French workingmen.
  • n. A loosely fitting dress-body worn by women and children.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a top worn by women

Etymologies

French, possibly alteration (influenced by blousse, wool scraps, of Germanic origin) of obsolete French blaude, from Old French bliaut, probably of Germanic origin .
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1828, from French blouse ("a workman's or peasant's smock"), of obscure origin. Perhaps from French blousse ("scraps of wool used mostly for flannel"), from Occitan (lano) blouso ("pure or short (wool)"), from blous, blos ("pure, empty, bare"), from Old High German blōz "naked, bare" (German bloß "bare"), or a conflation of the aforementioned and French blaude, bliaud ("a kind of smock"), from Old French bliau, from Frankish *blīfald (“topcoat of scarlet colour”), from blī- "coloured, bright" + -fald ("crease, fold"). More at blee, fold. (Wiktionary)

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  • this and slacks are my least favorite words

    March 27, 2008