blouse

EnglishEdit

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A blouse

EtymologyEdit

1828, from French blouse (a workman's or peasant's smock), of obscure origin. Three theories include:

  • French blousse (scraps of wool), from Occitan lano blouso (pure or short wool), from blous, blos (pure, empty, bare), from Old High German blōz "naked, bare" (German bloss "bare")
  • A conflation of the aforementioned and French blaude, bliaud (a kind of smock), from Old French bliau, also from Frankish *blīfald (topcoat of scarlet colour), from blī- "coloured, bright" + -fald (crease, fold). More at blee, fold.
  • From Medieval Latin pelusia, from Pelusium, a city of Upper Egypt, a clothing manufacturer during the Middle Ages.

More at blee, fold.

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NounEdit

blouse (plural blouses)

  1. An outer garment, usually loose, that is similar to a shirt and reaches from the neck to the waist or below. Nowadays, in colloquial use, blouse refers almost always to a woman's shirt that buttons down the front.
  2. (military) A loose-fitting uniform jacket.

Derived termsEdit

  • deblouse

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VerbEdit

blouse (third-person singular simple present blouses, present participle blousing, simple past and past participle bloused)

  1. To hang a garment in loose folds.
  2. (military) To tuck one's pants/trousers (into one's boots).
    • 1989, Bernard C. Nalty, Strength for the Fight: A History of Black Americans in the Military, page 311
      An anonymous black soldier summed up his feelings by declaring, "If I fail to blouse my boots, or [if I] wear an Afro, I get socked. [] "

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blouse f (plural blouses, diminutive blouseje n)

  1. Alternative spelling of bloes.

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

1788, of obscure origin. Three theories include:

  • French blousse (scraps of wool), from Occitan lano blouso (pure or short wool), from blous, blos (pure, empty, bare), from Old High German blōz "naked, bare" (German bloss "bare")
  • A conflation of the aforementioned and French blaude, bliaud (a kind of smock), from Old French bliau, also from Frankish *blīfald (topcoat of scarlet colour), from blī- "coloured, bright" + -fald (crease, fold). More at blee, fold.
  • From Medieval Latin pelusia, from Pelusium, a city of Upper Egypt, a clothing manufacturer during the Middle Ages.

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NounEdit

blouse f (plural blouses)

  1. uniform or coat with buttons down the front
    blouse d'hôpital — hospital gown

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VerbEdit

blouse

  1. first-person singular present indicative of blouser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of blouser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of blouser
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of blouser
  5. second-person singular imperative of blouser

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NounEdit

blouse f (plural blouses)

  1. smock

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Last modified on 7 April 2014, at 03:07