Definitions

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.

Etymologies

French, diminutive of chemise, shirt, from Old French; see chemise.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She came before us wondrous clad in chemisette of green,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Aldclyffe had pulled off a kind of chemisette of Brussels net, drawn high above the throat, which she had worn with her evening dress as

    Desperate Remedies

  • Can hardly bear my chemisette for weakness and for pain:

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • On me thou layest load of love the heaviest while I feel So feeble grown that under weight of chemisette I swerve.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Our shirt, chemise, chemisette, etc., was unknown to the Ancients of Europe.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • A pearl-gray dress with crimson trimmings, made with a long waist, modestly outlined the bust and covered the shoulders, still rather thin, with a chemisette which left nothing to view but the first curves of the throat where it joined the shoulders.

    Modeste Mignon

  • She wore a white muslin dress, a rose-colored sash, and rose-colored ribbons in the pretty cap on her head; her chemisette was moulded so deliciously by her shoulders and the loveliest rounded contours, that the sight of her awakened an irresistible desire of possession in the depths of the heart.

    The Message

  • His knee thrust between her legs, her chemisette was yanked down.

    Marriage Most Scandalous

  • Lillian looked charming in a train gown of old rose, with a low, square neck showing a delicate chemisette of fine lace.

    The Financier

  • He called her “my wife”, tutoyed [7] her, asked for her of everyone, looked for her everywhere, and often he dragged her into the yards, where he could be seen from far between the trees, putting his arm around her waist, and walking half-bending over her, ruffling the chemisette of her bodice with his head.

    Madame Bovary

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