\ˈblau̇s also ˈblau̇z \
plural blouses\ˈblau̇-​səz, -​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, 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, -​zē \ adjective

Examples of blouse in a Sentence


She wore a blouse and a skirt to work.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From the iconic lion logo jewelry and statement-making carpet coat to classic denim that’ll never go out style and the famed separates (think versatile blouses, skirts, trousers), Anne’s archives are a fashion lover’s dream. Minna Shim, Harper's BAZAAR, "Anne Klein: The Legendary Designer Who Changed The Way American Women Dressed," 15 Oct. 2018 While the blouses and skirts are all lovely choices, this short-sleeve dress is a personal favorite. Diana Tsui, The Cut, "A Sophisticated Tie-Dye Dress You Can Wear to Work," 23 May 2018 Doria looked like a schoolgirl in a modest white pleated skirt and short-sleeved blouse, with a coronet of baby’s breath in her hair. Leslie Carroll, Vanities, "How Meghan Markle Was Destined for the Spotlight," 24 Apr. 2018 Meghan looks quite sophisticated for the day of engagements wearing a cream-colored coat by Georgia Armani, a green leather pencil skirt by Hugo Boss, and a blouse by & Other Stories. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Arrived in Sussex Wearing a Green Leather Pencil Skirt," 3 Oct. 2018 Naturally, a crisp white blouse ticks that box, while a red velvet clutch gives the look some big-time personality. Sara Tardiff, ELLE Decor, "ASOS And Hotel Indigo Team Up To Curate A Travel-Inspired Clothing Collection," 25 Sep. 2017 For the appearance, the Duchess stayed true to her professional-chic wardrobe in a forest green blouse and leather skirt with nude pumps. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Navy Givenchy Dress To Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 Faux fur feels like one of those lingerie trends that just begs to be incorporated into your regular wardrobe, perhaps under a sheer blouse or worn as a top with high-waisted pants. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Martha Hunt Talks Lingerie and Workout Gear Ahead of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," 28 Sep. 2018 Christie Brinkley was breezy in a white blouse in Montauk. Aubri Juhasz, The Cut, "The Best-est Party Looks of the Week," 6 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of blouse

: an often somewhat formal shirt for women and girls


\ˈblau̇s \

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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