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  • 1A dress hanging straight from the shoulders and giving the figure a uniform shape, 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. 1.1A woman's loose-fitting undergarment or nightdress, typically of silk or satin with a lace trim.
      ‘In medieval times, Cyprus was known for its silk bridal chemises and undergarments.’
      • ‘It also has a new chapter on the history of drawers and knickers and one covering the chemise and petticoats.’
      • ‘She put on her chemise and her under panties then clipped on her stockings.’
      • ‘Ivy wandered aimlessly in her chemise and petticoats, too distraught to return to her quarters and dress.’
      • ‘They were in various states of undress, flitting around in chemises and stockings.’
      • ‘An undershirt or chemise, with or without sleeves, open at the front and worn under the frock coat, was worn buttoned to the waist.’
      • ‘As far as lingerie goes - a beautiful chemise would be the least intimidating gift, I think.’
      • ‘The bloomers and a chemise would have gone under layers and layers of corsetry and petticoats, which could weigh up to 7lb.’
      • ‘Underneath the translucent material was a white chemise and tights of a gleaming pastel gold.’
      • ‘Her throat was bare and a slight ruffle of white fabric edged the neckline where the edge of her chemise peeked out.’
      • ‘The lady's undergarment, a fine white chemise, is gathered in soft folds with a black bow.’
      • ‘She wore a full-skirted blue silk dress with balloon sleeves over a spring green loose fitting chemise.’
      • ‘There Angel stood, in her robe and chemise as her father approached.’
      • ‘I slipped out of my dress and pulled the chemise over my head.’
      • ‘Carey instantly awakes and sits up straight, pulling the sheets up to cover her chemise.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Kristine stood in the door way in a mesh black chemise.’
    2. 1.2A priest's alb or surplice.
      • ‘He was wearing black robes over a white chemise and pants.’
    3. 1.3 historical A smock.



/SHəˈmēz/ /ʃəˈmiz/ /SHəˈmēs/ /ʃəˈmis/


Middle English from Old French, from late Latin camisia ‘shirt or nightgown’.