\ ˈblau̇s also ˈblau̇z How to pronounce blouse (audio) \
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


She wore a blouse and a skirt to work.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The flouncy skirt gets a button-down blouse to balance it out; the wide-leg jeans get a silk kimono and pink flats. Wired, "Need Some Fashion Advice? Just Ask the Algorithm," 12 Sep. 2019 The duchess looked effortlessly chic showcasing pieces from the collection, including a blouse by her close friend and fashion designer Misha Nonoo, and sleek black pants by Jigsaw. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Paid Tribute to Princess Diana at the Smart Works Collection Launch," 12 Sep. 2019 The long sleeved, lightweight blouse comes in 25 beautiful colors and prints, has two different sleeve styles (lantern or bell) to choose from, and features a tie-front at the hem. Christina Butan,, "Bachelor in Paradise’s Hannah G. Modeled This $25 Amazon Blouse, and Now It’s Climbing the Best-Sellers Charts," 11 Sep. 2019 Models wore pops of electric red, from a leafy detail on a blouse to a baroque pattern on a dress with billowing sleeves. Washington Post, "Stacey Bendet creates a ‘field of dreams’ at NY fashion week," 10 Sep. 2019 Look, too, for long bell sleeves, sleeves with splits, sleeves in contrasting colors, sleeves with ruffles at the shoulder, puffed sleeves in sheer lace or netting, billowing peasant blouse sleeves and more. Nancy Schoeffler,, "What fashion designers have up their sleeves for fall," 15 July 2019 Since retro polka dots have been revived, take this lively, black-and-white blouse out on the town. Niki Mcgloster, Essence, "We Found Your Next Head-Turning All White Party Ensemble," 28 June 2019 Beyond that, the stage was a sea of sameness rippled ever so slightly by splashes of necktie color – predominantly blue – and the triangle of red blouse peeking from the navy blue blazer Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar paired with a knee-length skirt. Adam Tschorn,, "The 2020 Democratic debates: A pop of red, a naked neck and a sea of navy blue," 28 June 2019 Triangle, which was New York’s largest blouse factory and distributed 2,000 shirtwaist garments a day, was one of the lone holdouts to union recognition. Elizabeth Yuan, WSJ, "Philharmonic Piece Inspired by Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Set to Debut," 23 Jan. 2019

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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 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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