negligee

[ neg-li-zhey, neg-li-zhey ]SEE DEFINITION OF negligee
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NEGLIGEE

Marjorie arose with her customary energy and reached for her negligee.

Or rather, in a negligee costume, for I had taken off my evening gown and wore a tea-gown.

Dudley's negligee shirt was open over his chest which was beaded with sweat.

She was pulling at the long broad blue ribbons of her negligee.

She already was undressed—had on the negligee she's wearing now.

The Phelan shoulders and embonpoint, still in negligee, followed.

There was no more of the Sort, or you should have had enough for a Negligee or Suit.

The more I thought about it, the worser I felt, laying there in retrospect and negligee.

Men will find flannel or negligee shirts the most comfortable.

Discarding the walking suit she was wearing, she slipped into a negligee gown and seated herself before the glass.

WORD ORIGIN

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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