- underwear, sleepwear, and other items of intimate apparel worn by women.
- Archaic. linen goods in general.
- having the qualities of lingerie; lacy or frilly.
Origin of lingerie
Examples from the Web for lingerie
The married Texas Republican was photographed in ducky pajamas next to a lingerie model at a local bar in May 2009.Texas Congressman Sued Over "Wet Dreams" About Former Staffer
December 16, 2014
That may well be the case but few people inside the show at Earls Court seemed to be talking about the lingerie.I Got Kicked Out Of The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
December 3, 2014
In between a female sex shop and trendy boutiques is a nondescript store selling all manner of bras, corsets, and other lingerie.New York's Sexiest Kosher Corsets
August 20, 2014
Lingerie—once so scandalous, erotic—was worse than taboo, it was passé.What Lies Beneath: How Lingerie Got Sexy
June 5, 2014
He dons kerchiefs and wigs, housedresses and lingerie, but his transformation stops there.Why Does the Art World Coddle James Franco?
April 22, 2014
Beneath it was lingerie of the kind which, it is said, may be drawn through a ring.The Paliser case
The lingerie was of the best, and the seamstress was engaged on it for many weeks.The Promised Land
There were boxes of gloves, boxes of silk stockings, dainty bundles of lingerie.Rich Man, Poor Man
French lingerie is the sign and symbol of French femininity.In Vanity Fair
Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
The letter wandered on into a maze of lingerie and millinery and silk petticoats.The Literary Sense
- women's underwear and nightwear
- archaic linen goods collectively
Word Origin and History for lingerie
1835 (but not in widespread use until 1852), from French lingerie "things made of linen," also "laundry room, linen shop" (15c.), from Old French linge "linen" (12c.), from Latin lineus (adj.) "of linen," from linum "flax, linen" (see linen). Originally introduced in English as a euphemism for scandalous under-linen.