a woman's garment of linen, lace, or the like, worn, toward the end of the Victorian era, over a low-cut or open bodice to cover the neck and breast.
an underbodice of lawn, lace, etc, worn to fill in a low-cut dress
[C19: from French, diminutive of
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It is closely revered, and completed by a waistcoat and chemisette, that com bines well with any make of overskirt.