\ ˈblau̇s How to pronounce blouse (audio) also ˈblau̇z \
plural blouses\ ˈblau̇-​səz How to pronounce blouses (audio) , -​zəz \

Definition of blouse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a long loose overgarment that resembles a shirt or smock and is worn especially by workmen, artists, and peasants
b : the jacket of a uniform
2 : a usually loose-fitting garment especially for women that covers the body from the neck to the waist


\ ˈblau̇s How to pronounce blouse (audio) , ˈblau̇z \
bloused; blousing

Definition of blouse (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fall in a fold coats that blouse above the hip

transitive verb

: to cause to blouse

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Other Words from blouse


blousy \ ˈblau̇-​sē How to pronounce blousy (audio) , -​zē \ adjective

Examples of blouse in a Sentence

Noun She wore a blouse and a skirt to work.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a parody, Mom welcomes baby onto her lap and continues with the interview, simultaneously steaming a blouse, scrubbing a toilet and diffusing a literal bomb. Kristine Gill, Fortune, "How to develop trust with your boss while working remotely," 27 Mar. 2020 The staff, an army of men in black vests and women in embroidered blouses, swirls through the room for some of the best service in the city. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Mi Familia de Mi Tierra at The Rim has better food than the original Cortez family’s Mexican restaurant in downtown San Antonio," 6 Feb. 2020 Moore wore Brandon Maxwell, a pink twill gazar blouse with a red crepe cummerbund skirt. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dual-tone gowns of pink and red ruled the Emmys carpet," 23 Sep. 2019 My first uniform was the one that looked like an English riding habit: a blouse with a stock tie, gored skirt, jacket with princess seams, bowler hat with the Pan Am logo pinned right on the front, and gloves. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "I Was a Flight Attendant During the Golden Age of Travel," 6 June 2019 With his signature bleach-blonde mullet and a colorful array of satin striped blouses, Maldonado-Passage cuts the kind of figure ripe for fan art, Halloween costumes and even very popular, very adorable arts and crafts projects. Aj Willingham, CNN, "'Tiger King': The not-so-secret formula behind its popularity," 5 Apr. 2020 From romantic blouses to no-makeup makeup, shop pieces for a winning first (virtual) date look. Erin Parker, Glamour, "Here’s What to Wear on a Virtual First Date," 27 Mar. 2020 Adelaide wore pants and a white blouse on stage, levitated and decapitated female assistants, and caught bullets with her bare hands. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Amazing Poster Art From the “Golden Age” of Magic," 4 Mar. 2020 These Uniqlo relaxed denim shorts look soft and cozy, and would pair well with a band tee or fancy blouse. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "Uniqlo's U Spring Summer 2020 Collection Is So Good, We Can't Wait to Wear It," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of blouse


1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1897, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of blouse was in 1823

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13 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce blouse (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of blouse

: an often somewhat formal shirt for women and girls


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Kids Definition of blouse

1 : a loose garment for women covering the body from the neck to the waist
2 : the jacket of a uniform

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