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[lahn-zhuh-rey, lan-zhuh-ree, -juh-; French lanzhuh-ree] /ˌlɑn ʒəˈreɪ, ˈlæn ʒəˌri, -dʒə-; French lɛ̃ʒəˈri/
underwear, sleepwear, and other items of intimate apparel worn by women.
Archaic. linen goods in general.
having the qualities of lingerie; lacy or frilly.
Origin of lingerie
1825-35; < French, equivalent to Middle French linge linen (< Latin līneus of flax; see line1) + -erie -ery Unabridged
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  • Gladys wore a lingerie frock more appropriate for a party than for the breakfast room.

  • The lingerie was of the best, and the seamstress was engaged on it for many weeks.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • A soap drummer nudged a fellow drummer whose line was lingerie.

    The Miracle Man Frank L. Packard
  • There were boxes of gloves, boxes of silk stockings, dainty bundles of lingerie.

    Rich Man, Poor Man Maximilian Foster
  • Ray Willets of the lingerie and neglige sections read her order slip slowly.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for lingerie


women's underwear and nightwear
(archaic) linen goods collectively
Word Origin
C19: from French, from linge, from Latin līneus linen, from līnum flax
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Word Origin and History for lingerie

1835 (but not in widespread use until 1852), from French lingerie "things made of linen," also "laundry room, linen shop" (15c.), from Old French linge "linen" (12c.), from Latin lineus (adj.) "of linen," from linum "flax, linen" (see linen). Originally introduced in English as a euphemism for scandalous under-linen.

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