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

  • n. A garment, such as a dress or shirt, with a fitted waistband over which material blouses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A garment drawn tight at the waist with blousing hanging over the waistband


French, diminutive of blouse, blouse; see blouse.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French blouson (Wiktionary)



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  • Downstairs at seven-thirty, I was greeted by Jean-Luc Cazes, one of those old-fashioned, Left-Bank, anarcho-rock characters (tired leather blouson, pipe wedged in the corner of mouth), the sort of genial zinc-bar philosopher you suspect has an alarming success rate among women.
    — Julian Barnes, 1996, 'Gnossienne', in Cross Channel

    blouson: a loose outer garment gathered into a waistband
    blouson noir: a rebellious young man, usu as one of a group, so called from the black windcheaters worn by many of them

    July 10, 2008