A woman's shirt with some kind of fancy styling or trim which makes it more feminine-looking than a regular shirt.

Technically, any kind of shirt. In the last 100 years or so, though, refers exclusively to women's shirts, and usually not the casual kind (not t-shirts, anything knit, etc.). Also a verb meaning to pull out and make loose, sorta. for example: "Blouse out the tunic over the belt a little, it'll be more flattering."

Blouse (?), n. [F. blouse. Of unknown origin.]

A light, loose over-garment, like a smock frock, worn especially by workingmen in France; also, a loose coat of any material, as the undress uniform coat of the United States army.

 

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