[dis-uh-beel, -bee]


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.

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 confuseddécolletage décolleté dishabille Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dishabille

Historical Examples of dishabille

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for dishabille



a variant of deshabille
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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