or neg·li·gée, neg·li·gé
Origin of negligee
Examples from the Web for 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’|Isabel Wilkinson|August 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This sparkly amalgamation of sailor suit and negligee lives forever in infamy.
A pair of down-at-heel slippers—dear to the country printer—completed his negligee.From Sand Hill to Pine|Bret Harte
Marjorie had already donned a negligee and was hastily thrusting her feet into quilted satin slippers.Marjorie Dean College Freshman|Pauline Lester
The Phelan shoulders and embonpoint, still in negligee, followed.Officer 666|Barton W. Currie
Soiled hands, negligee dress, shirt sleeves, and disheveled hair are disgusting there.The Etiquette of To-day|Edith B. Ordway
Elizabeth Talbert is one of those women whose attraction increases with the negligee or the deshabille.The Whole Family|William Dean Howells, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Mary Heaton
British Dictionary definitions for negligee
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."