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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
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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  • The interior of the doctor's room might be aptly described as being en dishabille.
British Dictionary definitions for dishabille

deshabille

/ˌdeɪzæˈbiːl/
noun
1.
the state of being partly or carelessly dressed
2.
(archaic) clothes worn in such a state
Word Origin
C17: from French déshabillé undressed, from dés-dis-1 + habiller to dress; see habiliment

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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