AskDefine | Define camisole

Dictionary Definition



1 a short sleeveless undergarment for women [syn: underbodice]
2 a short negligee

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A short, sleeveless undergarment worn by women underneath a blouse; or a similar garment worn instead of a blouse.
  2. A short negligee

Extensive Definition

A camisole or cami is a woman's undergarment which covers the top part of the body. It is sleeveless and tight fitting in contrast to a loose-fitting chemise. A camisole is sometimes worn cropped allowing midriff exposure, but often covers the entire torso. Camisoles are manufactured from satin or silk, or stretch materials such as lycra, nylon, or spandex, though cotton based materials are more common.
A camisole can be worn over a brassiere or without one. Some camisoles come with a built-in underwire bra which eliminates the need for a bra among those who prefer one. Recently, camisoles have been known to be used as outerwear.
camisole in Esperanto: Kamizolo
camisole in French: Camisole
camisole in Japanese: キャミソール
camisole in Swedish: Camisole
camisole in Chinese: 吊帶背心
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