from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short sleeveless bodice, formerly worn by women.
- n. A blouse front formerly worn by women; a dickey.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An item of women’s clothing, popular in the 1860s and 1870s, worn to fill in the front and neckline of any garment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An under-garment, worn by women, usually covering the neck, shoulders, and breast.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A garment for covering the neck, made of some light fabric, as lace, muslin, or cambric, and worn under a waist, especially under one cut low at the throat.
- n. In medieval fortification, a chemise covering a very small part of the main wall.
French, diminutive of chemise, shirt, from Old French; see chemise.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)