From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman chemés (“shirt”), Old French chainse, chamisae (“linen clothes, undergarment”), from Latin camisa, camisia (“shirt, undergarment, nightgown”), from Proto-Germanic *hamiþiją (“clothes, shirt, skirt”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱam- (“cover, clothes”). Cognate with Old High German hemidi (German Hemd, “shirt”), Old English hemeþe (“shirt”), ham (“undergarment”), hama (“covering, dress, garment”). More at hame.
chemise (plural chemises)
- (historical) A loose shirtlike undergarment, especially for women.
- A short nightdress, or similar piece of lingerie.
- A woman's dress that fits loosely; a chemise dress.
- A wall that lines the face of a bank or earthwork.
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chemise f (plural chemises)
- a shirt