[ peyn-wahr, pen-, peyn-wahr, pen- ]
See synonyms for peignoir on
  1. a woman's dressing gown.

  2. 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

Words Nearby peignoir Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use peignoir in a sentence

  • The tears came so fast to Mrs. Pontellier's eyes that the damp sleeve of her peignoir no longer served to dry them.

  • But changing her mind once more she resumed the peignoir, and went outside and sat down before her door.

  • She sat on the sofa, clad in an ample white peignoir, holding a handkerchief tight in her hand with a nervous clutch.

  • As soon as the domestic had gone, Bijou slipped on another peignoir quickly.

    Bijou | Gyp
  • She slipped off the silk peignoir, washed with almond-scented water the white arms and neck, and the white tired feet.

    Rough-Hewn | Dorothy Canfield

British Dictionary definitions for peignoir


/ (ˈpeɪnwɑː) /

  1. a woman's dressing gown or negligee

Origin of peignoir

C19: from French, from peigner to comb, since the garment was worn while the hair was combed

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