\ 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

There was Dior’s Kim Jones, Joseph Altuzarra, Oscar de la Renta, Monse’s Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, and Wes Gordon, who had Grace Elizabeth (a vision in a floaty pink blouse) on his arm. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Bienvenue, L’Avenue! The Parisian Restaurant Lands at Saks With a Designer-Filled First Supper," 1 Feb. 2019 Pop on a turtleneck or tie-neck blouse, and voilà: the perfect suit. Hannah Miller, Seventeen, "How to Pair Cool Sneakers with Your Favorite Holiday Party Outfits," 27 Nov. 2018 For the occasion, Meghan chose an all-black look, consisting of an Altuzarra suit and 'Coco camisole shantung' black blouse. Eileen Reslen, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Appears to Be Wearing the Earrings Queen Elizabeth Gifted Her at the WellChild Awards," 4 Sep. 2018 The lineup is not overtly Diana-esque, but pieces like a purple balloon sleeve blouse and wide-leg khaki trousers certainly speak to her sophisticated yet approachable sense of style. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This New Contemporary Label Draws on Princess Diana’s Casual Style," 1 Feb. 2019 Victoria accentuated her svelte figure with a snakeskin-print button-up blouse tucked into a pair of attention-grabbing, wide-leg red trousers (from her namesake clothing line). Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria and David Beckham Look Uber Stylish For a Double Date with son Brooklyn Beckham in New York," 25 Jan. 2019 In another truly stunning image, the musician dons a lavender blouse and pants, topped with a pale gray suit coat, wears a gold crown of leaves in his tousled hair, and carries a tiny piglet in one arm. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Hung Out With Lambs and Piglets in New Gucci Campaign," 18 Sep. 2018 Meghan's blouse and trousers are reportedly from Ralph Lauren and the bag is reportedly by Altuzarra. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Arrived at Wimbledon Wearing a Striped Shirt and Chic White Pants," 14 July 2018 Try adding a frilly, romantic blouse—just like It girl Kendall Jenner or the stylish singer Dua Lipa. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Shake Up Your Summer Track Pants With a Romantic Blouse," 13 Aug. 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


\ 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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