Definition of blouse in English:



  • 1A woman's upper garment resembling a shirt, typically with a collar, buttons, and sleeves.

    • ‘She then grabbed up the usual garments she always wore on the weekends, her white blouse with no sleeves and the red mini skirt.’
    • ‘She was dressed in a pale yellow blouse with a large collar and long sleeves buttoned at the wrists, and tight dark brown slacks.’
    • ‘Cap sleeves and a smock blouse look great with a waistcoat and teamed with a loose, lightweight scarf.’
    • ‘Raise your arm slightly, see if you can pull your shirt or blouse sleeve away from the underarm to let in a little air.’
    • ‘In the north, the sleeves of the blouse are wide, with lace embroidery along the edges.’
    • ‘Without a second thought, I pulled on the white blouse and buttoned up my jeans.’
    • ‘An asymmetrical blouse, a drop-shoulder blouse with bat sleeves and a long skirt with an uneven border were among those displayed.’
    • ‘Underneath her jacket she wore and off white silk button up blouse shirt that buttoned down just low enough to make my heart race.’
    • ‘Hang as many items as you can on clothes hangers, beginning with the obvious things like dresses, dress shirts and blouses and hang the hangers on a clothes rod to dry.’
    • ‘They don't stare at me in awkward silence when a button pops open on the upper part of my blouse.’
    • ‘She threw herself on her bed and ripped her shoes off, pulling her black pants on over her jeans and trying to button her black blouse with one hand.’
    • ‘Both men's and women's traditional costumes include a decorative broach used to fasten shirts and blouses.’
    • ‘She buttoned up the blouse and slid the cardigan on over it.’
    • ‘I wear khakis or black pants and pastel-colored long sleeve blouses.’
    • ‘I then unbuttoned my sleeve buttons to the blouse and let that drop to the floor.’
    • ‘She rolled up the sleeves to the blouse and blazer to just below her elbows.’
    • ‘Christine undid the top three buttons of her blouse, pulling her collar back to reveal the nape of her neck, and looked at Bill expectantly.’
    • ‘She touches the sleeve of my blouse and her hand lingers there for a moment, as if what she really wants is to play the material between her fingers.’
    • ‘Men wear a shirt over their batik, while women wear close-fitting blouses with tight sleeves over theirs.’
    • ‘In the context of an interview with mainstream corporate America, it's best to cover your tattoos and piercings with long-sleeved shirts, blouses, collars, and such.’
    1. 1.1A loose linen or cotton garment formerly worn by peasants and manual workers, typically belted at the waist.
      • ‘A rosy-cheeked woman in a peasant blouse, her hair piled on top of her head, tells me she hit on a guy outside earlier that night.’
      • ‘Ainye entered the dining hall in a loose blouse and slacks, still wearing her heavy fighting boots.’
      • ‘She held up a skirt, a loose blouse, and a vest-like object, as well as a pair of lace-up boots.’
      • ‘In the winter, women would wear heavier blouses and skirts, shawls, and a cotton or woollen capuche on their heads to keep warm.’
      • ‘She was dressed in a peasant's blouse and skirt, and her gaze was fixed on Monsieur Verdoux.’
      • ‘In rural areas, women commonly wear a loincloth tied around the waist, and a blouse.’
      • ‘On such occasions, women will wear lacy white peasant blouses, black embroidered bodices, and white aprons.’
      • ‘She favors nice but functional clothing in browns and creams - usually long skirts, peasant blouses and a bodice with a belt that holds several pouches.’
      • ‘It was no longer the cotton skirt and peasant blouse she had been wearing.’
      • ‘His blouses were peasant style with off-the-shoulder necklines and macrame detailing.’
      • ‘Vincent nodded respectfully and tried to wring out some of the water from his loose blouse.’
      • ‘A blouse made from a single rectangular piece of woolen cloth is fastened at one shoulder, but it is more common for women to wear cotton blouses.’
      • ‘A short black skirt and white peasant blouse with loose, belled sleeves and low neckline soon followed.’
      • ‘They both had blond, curly hair and were wearing skirts and peasant blouses.’
      • ‘Women wear gathered skirts and blouses made of simple materials such as linen and cotton.’
      • ‘A woman in a peasant blouse dances by herself in among the children.’
      • ‘The move to apply quotas to men's and boys' cotton T-shirts and underwear, mid-shirts, trousers, blouses and comb cotton yarn is welcome news to the industry.’
      • ‘It may consist of a long, loose cotton skirt and short-sleeved cotton blouse, both brightly colored and embroidered.’
      • ‘Their normal every - day clothes began to shift into woollen trousers and linen blouses, clothes of varying colours.’
      • ‘The woman's folk costume is either a loose white dress or an embroidered blouse with a full skirt, embroidered apron, and kerchief.’
    2. 1.2A type of jacket worn as part of military uniform.
      • ‘Their uniform included a huge floppy beret, a short blouse, and putties.’
      • ‘Holly just smirked and slashed the blouse of the soldier's uniform and laughed.’
      • ‘When shooting, a student sets up, usually laying his battle dress uniform blouse in the dirt, with his rucksack in front of him.’
      • ‘The comparatively new uniform features jacket and blouse, and a trilby-style hat.’


  • Make (a garment) hang in loose folds.

    ‘I bloused my trousers over my boots’
    • ‘Only a little more blousing of the shirt above the waistband is required to complete the concealment.’
    • ‘If it's really hot they can go around without blousing their boots.’


  • big girl's blouse

    • informal A weak, cowardly, or oversensitive man.

      ‘no matter how a lad feels, it's just not the done thing to display his emotions—he might be accused of being a big girl's blouse’
      • ‘This leaves him open to accusations of being a big girl's blouse.’
      • ‘Perhaps some scholar of Latin would care to show off like a big girl's blouse, impress us with their immense knowledge and tell us whether the ‘i’ in Vicus is pronounced as in ‘git’ or as in ‘visa’.’
      • ‘He is just a big girl's blouse and justice has been served.’
      • ‘We would have called him a big girl's blouse, that's what.’
      • ‘Lee then made some sarcastic remarks about Carlo having ironed his jeans to within an inch of their life and called him a big girl's blouse.’
      • ‘Robbo, what do you think of the big girl's blouses of football who burst into tears whenever they fall over?’
      • ‘He's a bloody big girl's blouse who wears velour pants.’
      • ‘It would seem that the guy has his heart set on me breaking down and blubbering like a big girl's blouse - which just isn't going to happen.’
      • ‘He has let ‘I dare not’ wait upon ‘I would’; he has been a big girl's blouse.’
      • ‘I'm sure part of this is due to standard male upbringing, which requires you to endure injury without visible distress unless you're a big girl's blouse.’
      • ‘I was pleased at first because it meant I could tell Bill I wasn't a big girl's blouse - but then they told me I had to have my leg in plaster for 25 days.’
      • ‘In fact, we suggest members of the public call him a big girl's blouse.’
      • ‘According to the media, he is a big girl's blouse who deserves to feel the smack of firm government.’
      • ‘He's bringing his thrash/death Metal vocalist heroes out into the daylight because all you big girl's blouses need to hear them.’
      • ‘You can see why people might think you're a bit of a big girl's blouse, because you have manicures, sunbeds and bleach your hair.’
      • ‘if you believed the press the way he dresses makes him a big girl's blouse, but on the other hand his hair-cut makes him a thug!’
      • ‘Sorry for the bitterness, I'm just going to go and watch Superman and cry for a bit like a big girl's blouse.’
      • ‘We have been called everything, big girl's blouses even, by a lot of ex-Rangers players who I believe have never had a bad game in their lives.’
      • ‘The most striking thing about Philp though is not his expertise but the fact that he runs like a big girl's blouse.’
      • ‘‘It's £995,000 more than £5,000,’ he bleats - the big girl's blouse!’


Early 19th century (denoting a belted loose garment worn by peasants): from French, of unknown origin.