chemise

noun
che·​mise | \ shə-ˈmēz How to pronounce chemise (audio) , sometimes -ˈmēs \

Definition of chemise

1 : a woman's one-piece undergarment
2 : a loose straight-hanging dress

Examples of chemise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The moisture content of manzanita and chemise, two plants scientists regularly measure to gauge fire risk across California, is about 20% higher now in the Bay Area than average, Clements said. Paul Rogers, chicagotribune.com, "Why California is having its mildest fire season in 20 years," 26 Aug. 2019 The moisture content of manzanita and chemise, two plants scientists regularly measure to gauge fire risk across California, is about 20 percent higher now in the Bay Area than average, Clements said. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, "Why California is having its mildest fire season in 20 years," 23 Aug. 2019 Canyons with upslope winds and standing fuel, such as dead trees, Manzanita, chemise, pines, high grass or brushy landscapes present the highest risk. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "With 147 million dead trees, Californians brace again for fire," 4 July 2019 As summer takes hold, the Manzanita, chemise and pines will dry, setting up tinderbox conditions in the forested corridor bridging Yosemite and Kings Canyon national parks. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "With 147 million dead trees, Californians brace again for fire," 4 July 2019 Bernhardt’s Marguerite draped herself in luxurious costumes, Duse’s wore a chemise. Rachel Shteir, WSJ, "‘Playing to the Gods’ Review: Avatars of Female Anguish," 23 Aug. 2018 The handful of delicates worn before the festivities begin—silk robes, chemises, camis, and so forth—also fall into this category. Glamour, "How to Shop for Bridal Lingerie That Feels Cool, Not Corny," 29 June 2018 In a drag-’em-out, bust-‘em-up battle for a parking spot between The Cheetah and a Zoobilation-goer in a cheetah-print chemise, who would win? Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Here's why you'll need luck (and patience) parking Downtown this weekend," 8 June 2018 After this beginning in silence, the piece becomes a collaboration with the singer-musician Gelsey Bell — who shares the stage, is similarly dressed (barefoot, leggings and chemise in matching brown) and is evidently a kindred spirit. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: Anna Sperber’s Mysteries Remain Intact," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of chemise

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chemise

Middle English, shirt, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin camisia

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The first known use of chemise was in the 13th century

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24 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Chemise.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chemise. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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chemise

noun
How to pronounce chemise (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of chemise

: a piece of clothing that looks like a light, loose dress and that is worn by women as underwear or in bed
: a loose dress that hangs straight

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