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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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Examples from the web for lingerie
  • The road between designing lingerie and outer wear is not well traveled.
  • To brazenly steal from two great thinkers: brevity is the soul of lingerie and of wit.
  • Other pictures showed them in lingerie with dollar bills tucked into the underwear.
  • Consumer sales may be sagging, but lingerie is booming.
  • Fashioned out of heated sugar and milk, this lip-smacking lingerie will spice up the end of any meal.
  • Nothing is more essential to the proper costuming of any figure, and especially of a poor one, than the corsets and the lingerie.
  • It was the lingerie maker's only foray onto the world's biggest advertising stage until its return this year.
  • She designs luxurious silk blouses, lingerie and evening wear adorned with.
  • She began regaling me with descriptions of her expanding lingerie collection.
  • The latest comer in the field of lingerie is the much-talked-of, much-advertised under-bodice.
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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