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

Other Words from blouse


blousy \ ˈblau̇-​sē How to pronounce blouse (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 On top, Carrie wore a long sleeve blouse designed with sheer, bedazzled sleeves and fringe. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 9 July 2022 Meghan wore her hair in waves and opted to wear nothing under her blazer top unlike Kate, who wore a white blouse under it. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 23 June 2022 Take, for example, Kate Middleton, who recently wore a Peter Pan collar blouse in a cheery red gingham print. Alex Warner,, 9 June 2022 Sangok’s blouse—emerges as both a plot point and a major symbol, a cinematic metaphor that develops grander implications as the drama progresses. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 5 May 2022 The same design comes on a tunic, a hoodie, a blouse, and a pullover sweater, and there are a ton of colors to choose from. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, 29 Apr. 2022 In a series of images posted to social media, the fashion icon is seen wearing a darling pink gingham blouse with a pair of jeans while working with dough and icing alongside her children. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 19 June 2022 Conrad Volle stood in the dining room area of Iowa House wearing a flapper-style blouse. Saige Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 June 2022 For the outing, Kate wore a monochrome, all-blue outfit consisting of matching navy trousers and an overcoat, and an azure blouse with a mock turtleneck. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Most recently, she was photographed in Miami in 2020 wearing a jungle print Versace blouse with matching skinny jeans for brunch. Eliza Huber,, 11 May 2021 The key is finding something that's polished yet comfortable, like this puff sleeve blouse with nearly 8,000 reviews on Amazon or this breezy button-down from H&M. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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21 Jul 2022

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“Blouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈblau̇s How to pronounce blouse (audio) \

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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