One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A dress hanging straight from the shoulders, popular in the 1920s.
- ‘She was dressed in a simple chemise of cotton and flannel.’
- ‘Kendra had on a silk chemise, a shawl and one of her best hats.’
- ‘Skirts twisted around legs as ladies spun, men's doublet sleeves traded with the sleeves of shifts and chemises as couples turned around quickly to the music.’
- 1.1 A woman's loose-fitting undergarment or nightdress.
- ‘In medieval times, Cyprus was known for its silk bridal chemises and undergarments.’
- ‘The bloomers and a chemise would have gone under layers and layers of corsetry and petticoats, which could weigh up to 7lb.’
- ‘They were in various states of undress, flitting around in chemises and stockings.’
- ‘The lady's undergarment, a fine white chemise, is gathered in soft folds with a black bow.’
- ‘I slipped out of my dress and pulled the chemise over my head.’
- ‘Ivy wandered aimlessly in her chemise and petticoats, too distraught to return to her quarters and dress.’
- ‘Eleanor hurried up the stairs to her room and quickly stripped herself of the heavy dress, chemise and corset.’
- ‘She also loves wearing a chemise out in public, especially when we go out to dinner.’
- ‘As far as lingerie goes - a beautiful chemise would be the least intimidating gift, I think.’
- ‘An undershirt or chemise, with or without sleeves, open at the front and worn under the frock coat, was worn buttoned to the waist.’
- ‘Carey instantly awakes and sits up straight, pulling the sheets up to cover her chemise.’
- ‘Her throat was bare and a slight ruffle of white fabric edged the neckline where the edge of her chemise peeked out.’
- ‘Ignoring the irony of my thought, I stripped down to my chemise and sat in bed for hours, trying to think of what was to become of all this.’
- ‘Her chemise was much lower cut than her usual as she reached for a blood red dress with the dangerously scooped neckline.’
- ‘She put on her chemise and her under panties then clipped on her stockings.’
- ‘She wore a full-skirted blue silk dress with balloon sleeves over a spring green loose fitting chemise.’
- ‘Underneath the translucent material was a white chemise and tights of a gleaming pastel gold.’
- ‘It also has a new chapter on the history of drawers and knickers and one covering the chemise and petticoats.’
- ‘There Angel stood, in her robe and chemise as her father approached.’
- ‘Kristine stood in the door way in a mesh black chemise.’
- 1.2 A priest's alb or surplice.
- ‘He was wearing black robes over a white chemise and pants.’
- 1.3historical A smock.
Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin camisia ‘shirt or nightgown’.
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