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lingerie

[lahn-zhuh-rey, lan-zhuh-ree, -juh-; French lanzhuh-ree] /ˌlɑn ʒəˈreɪ, ˈlæn ʒəˌri, -dʒə-; French lɛ̃ʒəˈri/
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
1825-1835
1825-35; < French, equivalent to Middle French linge linen (< Latin līneus of flax; see line1) + -erie -ery
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lingerie

/ˈlænʒərɪ/
noun
1.
women's underwear and nightwear
2.
(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 lingeries'

lingerie

n.

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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