\ 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

Wear it over everything from plaid blouses and ruffled tops with jeans to chunky knits and turtlenecks with trousers. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "10 white styles you should totally wear after Labor Day," 29 Aug. 2019 The newest blouse is high-necked but not frilly; the inspiration is more 1970s working girl than 19th-century Victorian. Sharon Graubard,, "Fashion report: Cool classics for fall," 15 Aug. 2019 The blouses and skirts will retail for $25 and $30, respectively. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 9 Rodarte Pieces Heading Back to Target," 14 Aug. 2019 Also, the pants and tops can easily be separated and worn again for fancy dinners or '70s themed-parties, while the blouses could be worn with jeans for a casual vibe. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "A Recent Report Found That Single-Use Outfits for Music Festivals Account for Approximately $307 Million Worth of Items Per Year," 23 July 2019 The first lady paired the blouse with a navy Michael Kors skirt suit. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Melania Trump Arrives in London Wearing a Burberry Blouse," 3 June 2019 Tuck your silk blouse or cami into these adorable, loose-fitting wide leg pants. Brittany Loggins, NBC News, "Is it ever OK to wear sandals in the office? Your summer workwear questions answered," 11 July 2019 Davis, the shopper from Texas, now buys just about all of her clothes at Costco, including underwear, dresses and blouses. Washington Post, "Costco quietly becomes a destination for clothes," 28 June 2019 The line also incorporates both ends of my style spectrum that include romantic dresses and blouses that are balanced out by my sportier days of jeans and a white tee. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Leah + Rae Is the Baby Brand We Want for Ourselves," 19 Sep. 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

History and Etymology for blouse



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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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