Definitions

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

  • n. A woman's sleeveless undergarment, now usually worn under a sheer blouse.
  • n. A short negligee.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A light jacket with sleeves.
  • n. A short, sleeveless undergarment worn by women underneath a blouse, or as a form of short negligee.
  • n. A straitjacket.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A short dressing jacket for women.
  • n. A kind of straitjacket.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A short light garment with sleeves, usually of material that will wash, worn by women as a dressing-sack or in morning-dress.
  • n. A strait-jacket.

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

  • n. a short sleeveless undergarment for women
  • n. a short negligee

Etymologies

French (from Italian camiciola, diminutive of camicia, shirt) or from Old Provençal camisolla, diminutive of camisa, shirt, both from Late Latin camisia, camīsa; see chemise.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French camisole, from Spanish camisola, diminutive of camisa ("shirt"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A camisole is a woman's sleeveless often lace trimmed undergarment for the upper body, worn as under a sheer blouse.

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  • A camisole is a type of straitjacket; and a very convenient type it is for those who resort to such methods of restraint, for it enables them to deny the use of strait-jackets at all.

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  • Along with the word lingerie used in place of undergarments, other terms changed to reflect the emphasis on seduction; the shift was first called a camisole and then simply known as a “slip” by this period, drawers turning into knickers and petticoats into “frillies “.

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  • I hide most of the damage with a white camisole and my black Elie Tahari power suit.

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  • Her hair was greasy, and her camisole was stained with food.

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  • Her camisole shifted, hanging down to reveal her bony chest.

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  • Kit picked herself off the cellar floor, her arms wrapped around her body as curls of smoke arose from what was left of her camisole.

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  • The back of her camisole was almost completely burned away, though the skin beneath was smooth and untouched.

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  • With her black leggings and camisole she looked like a punk angel.

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  • Grunting, he threw it behind him, along with her silk camisole, panties and lace bra.

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