Definition of blouse in English:

blouse

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Pronunciation: /ˈblaʊz
 
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noun

1A woman’s upper garment resembling a shirt, typically with a collar, buttons, and sleeves.
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  • I then unbuttoned my sleeve buttons to the blouse and let that drop to the floor.
  • Christine undid the top three buttons of her blouse, pulling her collar back to reveal the nape of her neck, and looked at Bill expectantly.
  • In the context of an interview with mainstream corporate America, it's best to cover your tattoos and piercings with long-sleeved shirts, blouses, collars, and such.
1.1A loose linen or cotton garment formerly worn by peasants and manual workers, typically belted at the waist.
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  • A short black skirt and white peasant blouse with loose, belled sleeves and low neckline soon followed.
  • She favors nice but functional clothing in browns and creams - usually long skirts, peasant blouses and a bodice with a belt that holds several pouches.
  • It was no longer the cotton skirt and peasant blouse she had been wearing.
1.2A type of jacket worn as part of military uniform.
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  • The comparatively new uniform features jacket and blouse, and a trilby-style hat.
  • Their uniform included a huge floppy beret, a short blouse, and putties.
  • Holly just smirked and slashed the blouse of the soldier's uniform and laughed.

verb

[with object and adverbial] Back to top  
Make (a garment) hang in loose folds: I bloused my trousers over my boots
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  • If it's really hot they can go around without blousing their boots.
  • Only a little more blousing of the shirt above the waistband is required to complete the concealment.

Origin

early 19th century (denoting a belted loose garment worn by peasants): from French, of unknown origin.

Phrases

big girl's blouse

British informal A weak, cowardly, or oversensitive man: no matter how a lad feels, it’s just not the done thing to display his emotions—he might be accused of being a big girl’s blouse
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  • We have been called everything, big girl's blouses even, by a lot of ex-Rangers players who I believe have never had a bad game in their lives.
  • He has let ‘I dare not’ wait upon ‘I would’; he has been a big girl's blouse.
  • ‘It's £995,000 more than £5,000,’ he bleats - the big girl's blouse!

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