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

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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 One is a cute lace teddy with a matching short robe, and the other is a silky chemise with a long, matching robe. Monique Judge, The Root, "For Grown Women Who Don’t Wear Lingerie but Decided to Buy Some Because Their Lover Is Into It," 2 May 2018 These women, dressed in calf-length culottes with chemises and jackets in dark pastel colors, remain gently purposeful throughout. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Latitude,’ Dance in Silence Makes Its Own Inner Music," 11 Feb. 2018 From left: Paco Rabanne’s white turtleneck gown with dangling icicle-like fringe; Céline’s kicky khaki halter-neck gown; and Calvin Klein 205W39NYC’s cheerleader pompom chemise in green and white. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "Sneak Peek: Next Spring’s 7 Most Wearable Fashion Trends," 6 Oct. 2017 Played with tender cluelessness by Act II managing director Eileen Cella, Lynn is not the brightest button on the chemise. John Timpane,, "'Red Herring' at Act II: One-liners, timing, Velveeta, frequent hilarity," 29 Oct. 2017

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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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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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