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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Che*mise"
  1. A shift, or undergarment, worn by women.
  2. A wall that lines the face of a bank or earthwork.

Etymology: F., shirt, fr. LL. camisa camisia, shirt, thin dress; cf. G. hemd, or OIr. caimmse sort of garment. Cf. Camis

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist
  2. A woman's sleeveless undergarment

From Middle English chemise, from Old English ċemes, cemes (“shirt”), and Anglo-Norman chemés (“shirt”) and Old French chainse, chamisae (“linen clothes, undergarment”); all from Latin camisa, camisia (“shirt, undergarment, nightgown”), from Frankish *chamithia, from Proto-Germanic *hamiþiją (“clothes, shirt, skirt”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱam- (“cover, clothes”). Cognate with Old High German hemidi (“shirt”) (German Hemd), Old English hemeþe (“shirt”), ham (“undergarment”), hama (“covering, dress, garment”). More at hame.

  1. (historical) A loose shirtlike undergarment, especially for women.
  2. A short nightdress, or similar piece of lingerie.
  3. A woman's dress that fits loosely; a chemise dress.
  4. A wall that lines the face of a bank or earthwork.

chemise was also found in the following language(s): French and Old French

Fun Facts about the name Chemise

  • How Popular is the name Chemise? Chemise is the 49,643rd most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Chemise have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 43 babies born with the first name Chemise in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Chemise? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1958 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Chemise born? The highest recorded use of the first name Chemise was in 1982 with a total of 12 babies.
  • Random Chemise Factoid: According to the 1982 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Chemise is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1982.
  • Weird things about the name Chemise: Your name in reverse order is Esimehc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Echeims. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Chemise born Aug 25, 1975

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Yugoslavia approximately on 1500. Your profession was dramatist, director, musician, and bard.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. Your lesson - to conquer jealousy and anger in yourself and then in those, who will select you as their guide. You should understand that these weaknesses are caused by fear and self-regret.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.