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[dis-uh-beel, -bee] /ˌdɪs əˈbil, -ˈbi/
the state of being dressed in a careless, disheveled, or disorderly style or manner; undress.
a garment worn in undress.
a loose morning dress.
a disorderly or disorganized state of mind or way of thinking.
Also, des·habille.
Origin of dishabille
1665-75; < French déshabillé, noun use of past participle of déshabiller to undress, equivalent to dés- dis-1 + habiller to dress; see habiliment
Can be confused
décolletage, décolleté, dishabille. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dishabille
Historical Examples
  • She would not see him in a dishabille for the world—What can she mean by it?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Hinge, conscious of his dishabille, had retreated at the moment of her entrance.

    In Direst Peril David Christie Murray
  • The disposition in public may be in gay costume, while in private it is in dishabille.

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • She looked at him as though she had noticed his dishabille for the first time.

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • We found her in a Brazilian dishabille, and looking harassed and anxious.

  • She was in dishabille, and only requested time to change her dress.

    Love and Intrigue Friedrich Schiller
  • We found her in a dishabille, intending to go to Hampton Court to-morrow.

  • She was in her parlour, half dressed in what they call, I believe, a dishabille.

    The Lady of Lynn

    Walter Besant
  • The dishabille, or half-binding (with Russia backs ever) is our costume.

  • Mrs. Chedsoye was just as beautiful in dishabille as in a ball-gown.

    The Carpet from Bagdad

    Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for dishabille


a variant of deshabille
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dishabille

1670s, from French déshabillé (17c.), noun use of past participle of déshabiller "to undress" (oneself), from des- (see dis-) + habiller "to dress," originally "prepare, arrange" (see habit).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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