blouse

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See also: blousé

English[edit]

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A blouse

Etymology 1[edit]

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

More at blee, fold.

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Noun[edit]

blouse (plural blouses)

  1. (fashion, obsolete) A shirt, typically loose and reaching from the neck to the waist.
  2. (fashion) A shirt for women, particularly a shirt with buttons; a dress shirt tailored for women.
  3. (military fashion) A loose-fitting uniform jacket.
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  • bodice (also used for undershirts)
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Descendants[edit]
  • Gujarati: બ્લાઉઝ (blāujha)
  • Japanese: ブラウス (burausu), ブルーズ (burūzu)
  • Korean: 블라우스 (beullauseu)
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Verb[edit]

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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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

blouse (plural blouses)

  1. Alternative form of blouze
  2. Alternative form of blowess
  3. Alternative form of blowze
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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /blus/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: blou‧se
  • Rhymes: -us

Noun[edit]

blouse f (plural blouses, diminutive blouseje n)

  1. Alternative spelling of bloes

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

1788, of obscure origin. Three hypotheses are:

Noun[edit]

blouse f (plural blouses)

  1. uniform or coat with buttons down the front
    blouse d'hôpital — hospital gown
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Etymology 2[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

blouse f (plural blouses)

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

Verb[edit]

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. third-person singular present subjunctive of blouser
  5. second-person singular imperative of blouser

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Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

blouse f (plural blouses)

  1. (Jersey) smock

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