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blouse

[blous, blouz] /blaʊs, blaʊz/
noun
1.
a usually lightweight, loose-fitting garment for women and children, covering the body from the neck or shoulders more or less to the waistline, with or without a collar and sleeves, worn inside or outside a skirt, slacks, etc.
2.
a single-breasted, semifitted military jacket.
3.
a loose outer garment, reaching to the hip or thigh, or below the knee, and sometimes belted.
Compare smock frock.
verb (used without object), bloused, blousing.
4.
to puff out in a drooping fullness, as a blouse above a fitted waistband.
verb (used with object), bloused, blousing.
5.
to dispose the material of a garment in loose folds, as trouser legs over the tops of boots.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < French, perhaps from the phrase *vêtement de laine blouse garment of short (i.e., uncarded, pure) wool; compare Provençal (lano) blouso pure (wool) < Old High German blōz naked, cognate with Old English bleat poor, miserable
Related forms
blouselike, adjective
unbloused, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for blouselike

blouse

/blaʊz/
noun
1.
a woman's shirtlike garment made of cotton, nylon, etc
2.
a loose-fitting smocklike garment, often knee length and belted, worn esp by E European peasants
3.
a loose-fitting waist-length belted jacket worn by soldiers
verb
4.
to hang or make so as to hang in full loose folds
Word Origin
C19: from French, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for blouselike
blouse
1828, from Fr., "workman's or peasant's smock" (1788), origin unknown. Perhaps akin to Prov. (lano) blouso "short (wool)" [Gamillscheg]. Another suggestion [Klein] is that it is from M.L. pelusia, from Pelusium, a city in Upper Egypt, supposedly a clothing manufacturing center in the Middle Ages.
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