negligé

negligee

[neg-li-zhey, neg-li-zhey]
noun
1.
a dressing gown or robe, usually of sheer fabric and having soft, flowing lines, worn by women.
2.
easy, informal attire.
Also, negligée, negligé.


Origin:
1745–55, Americanism; < French négligé carelessness, undress, literally, neglected, past participle of négliger < Latin negligere, variant of neglegere to neglect

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negligee or negligée (ˈnɛɡlɪˌʒeɪ)
 
n
1.  a woman's light dressing gown, esp one that is lace-trimmed
2.  a thin and revealing woman's nightdress
3.  any informal attire
 
[C18: from French négligée, past participle (fem) of négliger to neglect]
 
negligée or negligée
 
n
 
[C18: from French négligée, past participle (fem) of négliger to neglect]

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negligee
1756, "a kind of loose gown worn by women," from Fr. négligée, from fem. pp. of négliger "to neglect," from L. neglegere (see neglect). So called in comparison to the elaborate costume of a fully dressed woman of the period. Borrowed again, 1835; the
modern sense "semi-transparent, flimsy, lacy dressing gown" is yet another revival, first recorded 1930.
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