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 Between them came austere black and gray suiting with the ruff of a clerical collar peeking out; lacy chemise dresses and tapestry brocades. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Rick Owens, Talking Doom," 28 Feb. 2020 The items also include a chemise, cream and red stockings, a black shirt and two pairs of leather boots, which were made by shoemaker J. Sparks-Hall of London. Francisco Guzman And Brian Ries, CNN, "Queen Victoria's outfit was found in an old cabinet," 20 Jan. 2020 Well, if this was the Victorian era, the girls would have been wearing an elaborate system of bloomers/a chemise, a corset, a hoop, a petticoat, a skirt, and a bodice. Emma Specter, Vogue, "Dressing Little Women: Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran on Color, Character, and Breaking the Rules," 25 Dec. 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 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

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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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8 May 2020

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“Chemise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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