\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.

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Other Swedish women also posted pictures of themselves in the blouses as anger grew over Danius' departure, including Social Affairs Minister Annika Strandhall, actress Helena Bergstrom, and fashion designer Camilla Thulin. David Keyton And Jan M. Olsen, The Christian Science Monitor, "After sex-abuse scandal, protesters demand change on Nobel literature prize board," 20 Apr. 2018 The wrap style blouse is particularly flattering on those with a larger chest and smaller waist. NBC News, "Work looks for millennial women this spring," 6 Apr. 2018 They were dressed in classic San Francisco office casual attire: unstructured white blouses or chunky sweaters, distressed denim, and, of course, Rothy’s flats. Elizabeth Holmes, Marie Claire, "Meet the All-Female Executive Team Behind Cult-Favorite Shoe Brand Rothy's," 30 Apr. 2018 For the occasion, Hailey chose a leopard-print button-down blouse and cutoff jean shorts. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber Were Spotted Holding Hands in New York City," 18 June 2018 Behati Prinsloo, 29, made her return to the runway at Sunday’s show, sporting a see-through blouse and joggers less than four months after giving birth to her second daughter Gio Grace with husband Adam Levine on February 15. Kaitlyn Frey,, "All the Must-See Moments from Alexander Wang's Star-Studded Fashion Show," 4 June 2018 Two Old Hippies Don’t be confused by the racks of boho blouses and vintage guitars at this boutique in the Gulch district. Andrea Williams, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Nashville Must-Visit Music Venues (For Folks Who Hate Country)," 18 May 2018 There will likely be a touch of history Saturday as women participating in the commemorative hike are encouraged to wear costumes in the style of l918, including middy blouses and cloth bibs with numbers sewn on. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "Marking 100 years since women held their 1st Dipsea race," 21 Apr. 2018 Her look today is architectural: slightly fluted navy pants, a structural white blouse, her Afro presiding over it all like an electric blonde sun. Billboard, "Solange on New Music & Why She's 'Not Interested In Entertainment at This Moment'," 1 Mar. 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


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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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