Negligee definition

nĕglĭ-zhā, nĕglĭ-zhā
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A woman's thin, light, typically loosefitting dressing gown or, now, often, nightgown, usually decorative and of a soft, flowing material.
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A woman's loose dressing gown, often of soft, delicate fabric.
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Any informal, careless, or incomplete attire.
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Alternative form of négligée.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
negligee
Plural:
negligees, negliges, ngliges

Origin of negligee

  • French négligé deshabille, negligee from past participle of négliger to neglect from Latin neglegere neglect

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition