\ 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

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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 For the casual photo op, Lopez is smiling and laughing while sporting a white button-down blouse, matching distressed denim, her signature honey highlights, and a natural face beat. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "J.Lo Is Glowing in a White Blouse and Distressed Denim in the Dominican Republic," 19 Apr. 2021 Her line of wardrobe basics includes a trench coat, pleated trousers and a bow blouse, all tagged with a QR code that allows customers to review the entire production process for each garment. Jenny Hartman, WSJ, "The Secrets of a Perfect Capsule Wardrobe," 8 Apr. 2021 Those tie-dye shirts from summer 2019 are now a go-to in our warm-weather wardrobes three years later, while a puff-sleeve blouse has become just as necessary as an oxford shirt. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "These Are the Items That Have Transcended Trends to Become Essentials," 2 Apr. 2021 On Thursday, Barbie Ferreira, who plays Kat on the show, was spotted in Los Angeles wearing the perfect springtime ensemble: baggy, white jeans and a billowy, mint-green blouse. Eliza Huber,, "Barbie Ferreira’s Neon Sandals Are Euphoria-Approved," 22 Mar. 2021 Pair this transitional outerwear with dark-wash jeans and a blouse for a simple but put-together look. Lauren Caruso, CNN Underscored, "24 winter coats under $150 to buy before they sell out," 10 Mar. 2021 The stark white suit, designed by Carolina Herrera, and pussybow blouse, was a nod to the women’s suffrage movement. The T&c Fashion Editors, Town & Country, "The Biggest Fashion Moments from 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 Violette beams onto the screen with a wide smile, surrounded by enviably good light and dressed in a flowy white blouse and jeans. Lindsey Tramuta, Vogue, "Makeup Artist Violette Is Democratizing “French Girl” Beauty With Her Debut Product Line," 30 Mar. 2021 Orson tugged on Madison's blouse, tearing the top button to reveal the secret treasures of a woman seriously lacking in discretion. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "'The Dating Plan' Is Our April Book Club Pick," 29 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "A year of pandemic dressing: 8 ways our style changed in quarantine," 10 Mar. 2021

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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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28 Apr 2021

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“Blouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blouse

: an often somewhat formal shirt for women and girls


\ 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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