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chemise

Syllabification: che·mise
Pronunciation: /SHəˈmēz
 
, SHəˈmēs
 
/

Definition of chemise in English:

noun

1A dress hanging straight from the shoulders and giving the figure a uniform shape, popular in the 1920s.
Example sentences
  • She was dressed in a simple chemise of cotton and flannel.
  • Kendra had on a silk chemise, a shawl and one of her best hats.
  • Skirts twisted around legs as ladies spun, men's doublet sleeves traded with the sleeves of shifts and chemises as couples turned around quickly to the music.
1.1A woman’s loose-fitting undergarment or nightdress, typically of silk or satin with a lace trim.
Example sentences
  • In medieval times, Cyprus was known for its silk bridal chemises and undergarments.
  • It also has a new chapter on the history of drawers and knickers and one covering the chemise and petticoats.
  • She put on her chemise and her under panties then clipped on her stockings.
1.2A priest’s alb or surplice.
Example sentences
  • He was wearing black robes over a white chemise and pants.
1.3 historical A smock.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin camisia 'shirt or nightgown'.

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