• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Habit-shirt a thin muslin or lace under-garment worn by women on the neck and shoulders, under the dress
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. habitus, state, dress—habēre, to have.


In literature:

An old man, famous for his wisdom and his habit of drooling on his shirt-front, suggested that they first catch their hare.
"Fantastic Fables" by Ambrose Bierce
There was also a brown bundle which resolved itself into a monkish habit within which was rolled a hair-shirt.
"The Strolling Saint" by Raphael Sabatini
With one shirt and a lot of bad sailor habits.
"The Stillwater Tragedy" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Being a bird of Nocturnal Habits, it is particularly attracted to human beings in their Night-shirts.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 18, July 30, 1870" by Various
Speaks fast, in a high key, and has a habit of drawing out his shirt-sleeves from beneath his cuffs.
"M. or N. "Similia similibus curantur."" by G.J. Whyte-Melville
He was habited in a buck-skin hunting-shirt, and wore leggins of the same material.
"Wild Western Scenes" by John Beauchamp Jones
It was found after his death that he was in the habit of mortifying himself with a shirt of sackcloth.
"Paris: With Pen and Pencil" by David W. Bartlett
He was introduced to me as Mr. Tom Chalmers; I was told he had earned his nickname, "Pinkey," by contracting the pink-shirt habit.
"The House of the Misty Star" by Fannie Caldwell Macaulay
He was lying flat on his back, with his arms stretched out, habited in a rich shirt of scarlet and gold.
"Our Soldiers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Captain Marmaduke came on deck clad only in his shirt and breeches, and Lancelot was by his side a moment after in like habit.
"Marjorie" by Justin Huntly McCarthy