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or negligée, negligé

[neg-li-zhey, neg-li-zhey] /ˌnɛg lɪˈʒeɪ, ˈnɛg lɪˌʒeɪ/
a dressing gown or robe, usually of sheer fabric and having soft, flowing lines, worn by women.
easy, informal attire.
Origin of negligee
1745-55, Americanism; < French négligé carelessness, undress, literally, neglected, past participle of négliger < Latin negligere, variant of neglegere to neglect Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for negligee
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  • Marjorie arose with her customary energy and reached for her negligee.

  • Or rather, in a negligee costume, for I had taken off my evening gown and wore a tea-gown.

    The Gold Bag Carolyn Wells
  • Dudley's negligee shirt was open over his chest which was beaded with sweat.

    Narcissus Evelyn Scott
  • She was pulling at the long broad blue ribbons of her negligee.

    The Great God Success John Graham (David Graham Phillips)
  • She already was undressed—had on the negligee she's wearing now.

    The Time Mirror Clark South
  • The Phelan shoulders and embonpoint, still in negligee, followed.

    Officer 666 Barton W. Currie
  • There was no more of the Sort, or you should have had enough for a negligee or Suit.

  • The more I thought about it, the worser I felt, laying there in retrospect and negligee.

    Believe You Me! Nina Wilcox Putnam
British Dictionary definitions for negligee


a woman's light dressing gown, esp one that is lace-trimmed
a thin and revealing woman's nightdress
any informal attire
Word Origin
C18: from French négligée, past participle (fem) of négliger to neglect
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Word Origin and History for negligee

1756, "a kind of loose gown worn by women," from French négligée, noun use of fem. past participle of négligier "to neglect" (14c.), from Latin neglegere "to disregard, not heed, not trouble oneself about," also "to make light of" (see neglect (v.)). So called in comparison to the elaborate costume of a fully dressed woman of the period. Borrowed again, 1835; the modern sense "semi-transparent, flimsy, lacy dressing gown" is yet another revival, first recorded 1930. It also was used in the U.S. funeral industry mid-20c. for "shroud of a corpse."

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