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

  • n. A blouse fashioned for wearing outside the waistband of a skirt or slacks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A blouse that is worn outside of the waistband (of a skirt or trousers)


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  • I settled for stretchy black pants and an ivory silk overblouse that I thought hid my fat pretty well—until I saw the wedding pictures.

    CSS: Shaping the New You

  • Rachel: It does seem like an odd combo, but the narrow, straight skirt with a tunic overblouse seems to have been THE maternity silhouette for public appearances in that era!

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  • For women who agree with the reviewer that their next 30, 40 or 50 years are about "the mostly unavoidable humiliation that is aging," then get back into the closet, girls, slip into your boxy overblouse and drawstring waist pants, and don't come out until you're ready for bingo or bedpan duty.

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  • Carol Shoup wore a striped silk overblouse, purple and white, that looked Moorish or Persian.

    Falling Man

  • She wore a white, sleeveless, belted overblouse and snug tan walking shorts and sandals with thongs that snaked up her brown ankles.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • The top was a straight overblouse of the sheer embroidered fabric with two patch pockets covering her breasts.

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  • These might consist of a coat in bright yellow lined in turquoise satin with a fuchsia satin large scarf, a pair of matching turquoise pants and also fuchsia pants; the obligatory turquoise overblouse and, of course, a turquoise wool jacket lined in the other colors!

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  • There's a Givenchy dress and overblouse in gray wool jersey that, the catalogue informs us, achieves an "effect of absolute simplicity."

    Costumes from Camelot

  • The full gathers of her toasted butter-colored skirts and overblouse were obvious through the opening part of a Brinkley coat.


  • And again, I think, here one sees that the dress was a very elaborately beaded bodice, but it's very (UNINTELLIGIBLE) with a chiffon overblouse, a device that Jacqueline Kennedy very much liked.

    CNN Transcript Jul 5, 2001


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