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[peyn-wahr, pen-, peyn-wahr, pen-] /peɪnˈwɑr, pɛn-, ˈpeɪn wɑr, ˈpɛn-/
a woman's dressing gown.
a cloak or gown of terry cloth for wear after swimming or, especially in France, after the bath.
Origin of peignoir
1825-35; < French: literally, comber, i.e., something worn while one's hair is being combed, equivalent to peign(er) to comb (< Late Latin pectināre; see pecten) + -oir < Latin -ōrium -ory1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for peignoir
Historical Examples
  • So I had to put on her peignoir, and tidy her up, and arrange her hair just as I have done.

  • Her peignoir of beige, embroidered with red silk, was evidently of Parisian manufacture.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • Besides, the peignoir weighs nothing; a feather, a puff of vapour.

    Rita Laura E. Richards
  • Yes, but you will not care to go to the dining-room in your peignoir?

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • Ma'ame Plagie had been sitting beside the bed in her peignoir and slippers.

    Bayou Folk Kate Chopin
  • Then she scrambled into some clothes and a peignoir, and went straight to his bedside.

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan
  • Had I a palette I could match the blue of the peignoir with the faint grey sky.

  • In response to his confusing summons, she stumbled to her peignoir and slipped it on.

    The Price of Love

    Arnold Bennett
  • Perhaps the most striking portion of the scenery was Helen's peignoir.

  • So she put on her slippers and peignoir and stole down-stairs.

    The Voice in the Fog

    Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for peignoir


a woman's dressing gown or negligee
Word Origin
C19: from French, from peigner to comb, since the garment was worn while the hair was combed
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Word Origin and History for peignoir

"lady's loose robe," 1835, from French peignoir, from Middle French peignouoir "garment worn over the shoulders while combing the hair" (16c.), from peigner "to comb the hair," from Latin pectinare, from pecten (genitive pectinis) "a comb," related to pectere "to comb" (see fight (v.)). A gown put on while coming from the bath; misapplied in English to a woman's morning gown.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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