or neg·li·gée, neg·li·gé
- a dressing gown or robe, usually of sheer fabric and having soft, flowing lines, worn by women.
- easy, informal attire.
Origin of negligee
Related Words for negligeewrapper, wrap, robe, nightdress, camisole, dishabille, teddy, peignoir, nightie
Examples from the Web for negligee
Contemporary Examples of negligee
She first appears onscreen in the late 1950s, flitting around the breakfast table in a negligee.Oprah Winfrey’s Fashion Evolution in ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’
August 15, 2013
This sparkly amalgamation of sailor suit and negligee lives forever in infamy.The 10 Most Horrendous Oscar Gowns in History
February 21, 2009
Historical Examples of negligee
Marjorie arose with her customary energy and reached for her negligee.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
Or rather, in a negligee costume, for I had taken off my evening gown and wore a tea-gown.The Gold Bag
Dudley's negligee shirt was open over his chest which was beaded with sweat.Narcissus
She was pulling at the long broad blue ribbons of her negligee.The Great God Success
John Graham (David Graham Phillips)
She already was undressed—had on the negligee she's wearing now.The Time Mirror
- a woman's light dressing gown, esp one that is lace-trimmed
- a thin and revealing woman's nightdress
- any informal attire
Word Origin for negligee
Word Origin and History for negligee
1756, "a kind of loose gown worn by women," from French négligée, noun use of fem. past participle of négligier "to neglect" (14c.), from Latin neglegere "to disregard, not heed, not trouble oneself about," also "to make light of" (see neglect (v.)). So called in comparison to the elaborate costume of a fully dressed woman of the period. Borrowed again, 1835; the modern sense "semi-transparent, flimsy, lacy dressing gown" is yet another revival, first recorded 1930. It also was used in the U.S. funeral industry mid-20c. for "shroud of a corpse."