lingerie

[lahn-zhuh-rey, lan-zhuh-ree, -juh-; French lanzhuh-ree]
noun
1.
underwear, sleepwear, and other items of intimate apparel worn by women.
2.
Archaic. linen goods in general.
adjective
3.
having the qualities of lingerie; lacy or frilly.

Origin:
1825–35; < French, equivalent to Middle French linge linen (< Latin līneus of flax; see line1) + -erie -ery

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lingerie (ˈlænʒərɪ)
 
n
1.  women's underwear and nightwear
2.  archaic linen goods collectively
 
[C19: from French, from linge, from Latin līneus linen, from līnum flax]

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