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[kam-uh-sohl] /ˈkæm əˌsoʊl/
a short garment worn underneath a sheer bodice to conceal the underwear.
a woman's negligee jacket.
a sleeved jacket or jersey once worn by men.
a straitjacket with long sleeves.
Origin of camisole
1810-20; < French < Provençal camisola; equivalent to camis(a) (< Late Latin camīsa shirt; see chemise) + -ola -ule Unabridged
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Examples from the web for camisole
  • Sometimes you can get creative with regular pieces, too, such as pairing a stretchy camisole-tank with a pre-pregnancy cardigan.
  • But the short sleeved tunic can be worn on the same trip with a camisole and flats instead.
  • Attentive salesgirls help customers choose the perfect camisole, demi bra or babydoll.
  • She tugged down her shirt to reveal a cotton camisole.
  • The articles are designed to be worn over a camisole.
  • Sheer blouses are permitted if worn with a camisole.
British Dictionary definitions for camisole


a woman's underbodice with shoulder straps, originally designed as a cover for a corset
a woman's dressing jacket or short negligée
(modifier) resembling a camisole (the underbodice), as in fitting snugly around the bust and having a straight neckline: a camisole slip, a camisole top
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Provençal camisola, from camisa shirt, from Late Latin camīsia
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Word Origin and History for camisole

1816, from French camisole (16c.), from Provençal camisola "mantle," diminutive of camisa "shirt," from Late Latin camisia "shirt, nightgown" (see chemise).

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