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From Transalpine Gaulish, of Germanic origin, from Proto-Germanic *hamiþiją (clothes, shirt, skirt), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱam- (cover, clothes). (The shift s indicates a Celtic intermediary, as words borrowed directly from Germanic into Latin show t.)

Cognate with Old High German hemidi (shirt) (German Hemd), Old English hemeþe (shirt), ham (undergarment), hama (covering, dress, garment). More at hame.


camisia f (genitive camisiae); first declension

  1. shirt
  2. nightgown
  3. alb


First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative camisia camisiae
genitive camisiae camisiārum
dative camisiae camisiīs
accusative camisiam camisiās
ablative camisiā camisiīs
vocative camisia camisiae



  • camisia in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • camisia in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • camisia in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • camisia in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin