\ 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

Moments later, underlining just how planned and strategic a move this was, her staff tweeted out a photo of the schoolgirl-age Kamala Harris: serious-faced, dressed in a white blouse and neat coat, with her hair in pigtails. Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post, "NBC played it smart by getting out of the way when Kamala Harris challenged Joe Biden over race," 28 June 2019 The vintage attire is usually white clothing, dresses or skirts and white blouses., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 28 June 2019 Rebecca Sher, dressed in a purple blouse with a matching purple scarf, sat enraptured in Faneuil Hall. Alison Kuznitz,, "Modern-day suffragists revel in 100th anniversary of voting rights," 25 June 2019 Women in blouses and long skirts clock in, then lean over machines, winding wire into large spools., "What technology looked like 115 years ago," 23 June 2019 Following the then 7-year-old’s request for a bow-tie like his auntie’s printed skirt and blouse, Ogbomo realized there was space for her designs and got to work. Essence, "Shop Black: The African Wax Ties That Will Actually Make Your Dad Happy This Father's Day," 13 June 2019 The collection includes dresses, blouses and other clothing items that will only be available on the Amazon app and website for 30 hours. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Amazon wants influencers to help it sell clothes," 5 June 2019 Labels like Burberry, Christian Dior, Balmain, Loewe, and many more showed beige pants with beige blouses, beige skirts with beige knits, and beige dresses with beige accessories. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "The Spring Runways Are Telling Us to Wear Nothing But Beige. This Brand Director Shows Us How," 7 Nov. 2018 Washing blouses in the sink and wondering where to find enough tighty-whities two weeks in a land without Target or Walmart was an eye-opening experience. Pat Lenhoff,, "Column: Misplaced baggage just one of the (worthwhile) hassles of summer vacations," 2 July 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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