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dishabille

[dis-uh-beel, -bee] /ˌdɪs əˈbil, -ˈbi/
noun
1.
the state of being dressed in a careless, disheveled, or disorderly style or manner; undress.
2.
a garment worn in undress.
3.
a loose morning dress.
4.
a disorderly or disorganized state of mind or way of thinking.
Also, des·habille.
Origin of dishabille
1665-1675
1665-75; < French déshabillé, noun use of past participle of déshabiller to undress, equivalent to dés- dis-1 + habiller to dress; see habiliment
Can be confused
décolletage, décolleté, dishabille.
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  • And the dishabille extended to his mental operations as well.

  • She would not see him in a dishabille for the world—What can she mean by it?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Her eyes were swollen with grief, her hair disheveled, and she appeared in all the dishabille of unutterable anguish.

    Josephine John S. C. Abbott
  • She looked at him as though she had noticed his dishabille for the first time.

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Hinge, conscious of his dishabille, had retreated at the moment of her entrance.

    In Direst Peril David Christie Murray
  • She was in dishabille, and only requested time to change her dress.

    Love and Intrigue Friedrich Schiller
  • But it has usage in its favour, and I do not see that it is improved by writing it "dishabille."

    A Letter Book George Saintsbury
  • We found her in a dishabille, intending to go to Hampton Court to-morrow.

  • Mrs. Chedsoye was just as beautiful in dishabille as in a ball-gown.

    The Carpet from Bagdad Harold MacGrath
  • She was in her parlour, half dressed in what they call, I believe, a dishabille.

    The Lady of Lynn Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for dishabille

dishabille

/ˌdɪsæˈbiːl/
noun
1.
a variant of deshabille
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Word Origin and History for dishabille
n.

1670s, from French déshabillé (17c.), noun use of past participle of déshabiller "to undress" (oneself), from des- (see dis-) + habiller "to dress," originally "prepare, arrange" (see habit).

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