whence French chemise,
a linen shirt worn next to the skin, is first mentioned in
the fourth century by St. Jerome (Ep.
64, 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 ( “solent militantes habere
lineas, quas camisias vocant” ). It is also mentioned by Isidorus
19.22), and by Paulus (Fest. s. v. supparus,
p. 311, M.), who gives it as the
equivalent of the older word subucula.