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or neg·li·gée, neg·li·gé

[neg-li-zhey, neg-li-zhey]
  1. a dressing gown or robe, usually of sheer fabric and having soft, flowing lines, worn by women.
  2. easy, informal attire.
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Origin of negligee

1745–55, Americanism; < French négligé carelessness, undress, literally, neglected, past participle of négliger < Latin negligere, variant of neglegere to neglect
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Related Words for negligees

wrapper, wrap, robe, nightdress, camisole, dishabille, teddy, peignoir, nightie

Examples from the Web for negligees

Historical Examples of negligees

  • "I got your negligees and all from Mrs. Hudson this morning," she chuckled.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

  • It made the most of her, and she liked it beyond all her other negligees for its complaisance.

  • She will soon make you comfortable with one of her negligees and house slippers.

  • She began to open the suit-cases and to pull out the negligees, so that they could be perfectly comfortable.

British Dictionary definitions for negligees



  1. a woman's light dressing gown, esp one that is lace-trimmed
  2. a thin and revealing woman's nightdress
  3. any informal attire
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Word Origin for negligee

C18: from French négligée, past participle (fem) of négliger to neglect
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Word Origin and History for negligees



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."

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