See also: blousé

English

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A silver blouse worn tucked into a red skirt (photographed in 2015).
A white, floral blouse made in the style of 1940s fashion on display.

Etymology 1

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1828, from French blouse (a workman's or peasant's smock), see that for more.

More at blee, fold.

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Noun

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blouse (plural blouses)

  1. (fashion, obsolete) A shirt, typically loose and reaching from the neck to the waist.
  2. (fashion) A shirt for women or girls, particularly a shirt with buttons and often a collar; a dress shirt tailored for women.
  3. (military fashion) A loose-fitting uniform jacket.
  4. (India, Bangladesh) A short garment worn under a sari.
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  • bodice (also used for undershirts)
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Verb

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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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  • (antonym(s) of military): unblouse
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Etymology 2

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Noun

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blouse (plural blouses)

  1. Alternative form of blouze
  2. Alternative form of blowess
  3. Alternative form of blowze
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References

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  1. ^ Jespersen, Otto (1909) A Modern English Grammar on Historical Principles (Sammlung germanischer Elementar- und Handbücher; 9)‎[1], volumes I: Sounds and Spellings, London: George Allen & Unwin, published 1961, § 8.35, page 241.

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Dutch

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Pronunciation

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Noun

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blouse f (plural blouses, diminutive blouseje n)

  1. Alternative spelling of bloes

French

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Etymology 1

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1788, of obscure origin. Three hypotheses are:

Noun

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blouse f (plural blouses)

  1. uniform or coat with buttons down the front
    blouse d’hôpitalhospital gown
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Etymology 2

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belouse is earlier. The word appears already in the early 17th century and its origin is unknown.

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Noun

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blouse f (plural blouses)

  1. (archaic) any one of the holes on a billiards table
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Etymology 3

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Verb

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blouse

  1. inflection of blouser:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

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Norman

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Etymology

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(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun

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blouse f (plural blouses)

  1. (Jersey) smock

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