Blouse vs. Shirt

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Main Difference

The main difference between Blouse and Shirt is that the Blouse is a women’s garment for the upper body and Shirt is a garment for the upper body.

  • Blouse

    A blouse (English: , , or ) is a loose-fitting upper garment that was formerly worn by workmen, peasants, artists, women, and children. It is typically gathered at the waist or hips (by a waistband or belt) so that it hangs loosely (“blouses”) over the wearer’s body. Today, the word most commonly refers to a girl’s or woman’s dress shirt It can also refer to a man’s shirt if it is a loose-fitting style (e.g. poet shirts and Cossack shirts), though it rarely is. Traditionally, the term has been used to refer to a shirt which blouses out or has an unmistakably feminine appearance.

    The term is also used for some men’s military uniform jackets.

  • Shirt

    A shirt is a cloth garment for the upper body (from the neck to the waist).

    Originally an undergarment worn exclusively by men, it has become, in American English, a catch-all term for a broad variety of upper-body garments and undergarments. In British English, a shirt is more specifically a garment with a collar, sleeves with cuffs, and a full vertical opening with buttons or snaps (North Americans would call that a “dress shirt”, a specific type of “collared shirt”). A shirt can also be worn with a necktie under the shirt collar.

  • Blouse (noun)

    A shirt, typically loose and reaching from the neck to the waist.

  • Blouse (noun)

    A shirt for women, particularly a shirt with buttons; a dress shirt tailored for women.

  • Blouse (noun)

    A loose-fitting uniform jacket.

  • Blouse (verb)

    To hang a garment in loose folds.

  • Blouse (verb)

    To tuck one’s pants/trousers (into one’s boots).

  • Shirt (noun)

    An worn on the upper part of the body, and often has sleeves, either long or short, that cover the arms.

  • Shirt (noun)

    a member of the shirt-wearing team.

  • Shirt (verb)

    To cover or clothe with a shirt, or as if with a shirt.

  • Blouse (noun)

    a woman’s upper garment resembling a shirt, typically with a collar, buttons, and sleeves.

  • Blouse (noun)

    a loose linen or cotton garment formerly worn by peasants and manual workers, typically belted at the waist.

  • Blouse (noun)

    a type of jacket worn as part of military uniform.

  • Blouse (verb)

    make (a garment) hang in loose folds

    “I bloused my trousers over my boots”

  • Shirt (noun)

    a garment for the upper body made of cotton or a similar fabric, with a collar and sleeves, and with buttons down the front

    “tonight he’s smartly dressed in shirt and tie”

  • Shirt (noun)

    a garment similar to a shirt, made of stretchable material and typically having a short row of buttons at the neck, worn as casual wear or for sports

    “a rugby shirt”

  • Shirt (noun)

    used to refer to membership of a particular sports team

    “Smith increased his chances of a Great Britain shirt with a penalty shot save”

Oxford Dictionary

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