blouse 1828 (from 1822 as a French word in English), from Fr. blouse, "workman's or peasant's smock" (1788), origin unknown. Perhaps akin to Prov. (lano) blouso "short (wool)" [Gamillscheg]. Another suggestion [Klein] is that it is from M.L. pelusia, from Pelusium, a city in Upper Egypt, supposedly a clothing manufacturing center in the Middle Ages.
In Paris, a very slovenly, loose, drawn frock, with most capacious sleeves, had been introduced called a blouse. Some of our priestesses of the toilet seemed emulous of copying this deshabille, with some slight alterations, but we never wish to see it on the symmetrical form of a British lady. ["Summary of Fashion for 1822," in "Museum of Foreign Literature and Science," Jan.-June 1823]

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