One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woman's loose-fitting undergarment for the upper body, typically held up by shoulder straps and having decorative trimming.
- ‘The lovely line of boy shorts, thongs, bra-top camisoles, slips, drawstring pants, and tees will have you delightfully perplexed as to how and where to wear them.’
- ‘I decided on a red camisole with cherry-covered capris and flip-flops with cherries on the inside sole.’
- ‘Recommended shirts include long or short-sleeved T-shirts, tank tops and camisoles.’
- ‘I was slightly paranoid about sheer shirts of any kind, so I wore a camisole under the uniform shirt.’
- ‘In another there is a room, lit coldly by far too many fluorescent tubes, where you can go to buy nightgowns, camisoles, teddies, housecoats and dusters.’
- ‘She wore these skin tight jeans with a black camisole on.’
- ‘The outfit is topped off by a luminescent black lace camisole.’
- ‘She was probably wearing her favorite gray pajama pants and one of her black camisoles, and she probably had her hair up, with a pencil holding it in place.’
- ‘By using an online lingerie store you can buy those camisoles, bustiers, robes, corsets, sexy bras and baby doll outfits in the comfort of your own home at any time of day or night.’
- ‘She stripped down to her camisole and underwear.’
- ‘Flowing style signals the return of authentic, seductive daytime lingerie, with camisoles and teddies.’
- ‘These sexy lingerie pieces included pink and black satin slips with ribbon detailing, accompanied with fishnet stockings, camisoles and matching underwear, and sexy nighties that are far too good to only be worn to bed!’
- ‘We have sheer blouses, but we sell them with a camisole underneath.’
- ‘For swimming we wore navy blue knee-length baggy costumes with a supporting bra like a camisole.’
- ‘Here are not only pants, but petticoats, camisoles, night-dresses, and even tea-gowns.’
- ‘She pulled off her camisole and undies and exchanged them for fresh underwear and a cute summer dress.’
- ‘Everyone except me was all dressed in black; I was wearing my white camisole and my long purple skirt.’
- ‘‘I am dressed,’ I pointed out, looking at my camisole and pajama pants.’
- ‘She's wearing a black blouse over a camisole and a black skirt.’
- ‘Her favorite is wearing a camisole and a thong combination to the corner store.’
Early 19th century: from French, either from Italian camiciola, diminutive of camicia, or from Spanish camisola, diminutive of camisa, both from late Latin camisia ‘shirt or nightgown’.
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