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lingerie

[ lahn-zhuh-rey, lan-zhuh-ree, -juh-; French lanzhuh-ree ]
/ ˌlɑn ʒəˈreɪ, ˈlæn ʒəˌri, -dʒə-; French lɛ̃ʒəˈri /
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noun

underwear, sleepwear, and other items of intimate apparel worn by women.
Archaic. linen goods in general.

adjective

having the qualities of lingerie; lacy or frilly.

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Origin of lingerie

1825–35; <French, equivalent to Middle French linge linen (<Latin līneus of flax; see line1) + -erie-ery
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British Dictionary definitions for lingerie

lingerie
/ (ˈlænʒərɪ) /

noun

women's underwear and nightwear
archaic linen goods collectively

Word Origin for lingerie

C19: from French, from linge, from Latin līneus linen, from līnum flax
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