A linen shirt worn next to the skin, is first mentioned in the fourth century by St. Jerome
, n. 11), from whom we learn that the word was used in the
popular language, and that in his time the camisia was worn by soldiers. It is also mentioned
by Isidorus, and by Paulus ( Fest. s. v. supparus
, p. 311, M.), who gives
it as the equivalent of the older word subucula.
From the word camisia
comes the French chemise.