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[neg-li-zhey, neg-li-zhey] /ˌnɛg lɪˈʒeɪ, ˈnɛg lɪˌʒeɪ/
a dressing gown or robe, usually of sheer fabric and having soft, flowing lines, worn by women.
easy, informal attire.
Also, negligée, negligé.
1745-55, Americanism; < French négligé carelessness, undress, literally, neglected, past participle of négliger < Latin negligere, variant of neglegere to neglect Unabridged
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Examples from the web for negligée
  • She prepares for him-she takes from her trousseau a sheer nightgown of white nylon and a matching negligee.
  • And it is only when she runs through the woods in a sheer negligee that the light dawns and he smartly takes out after her.
  • Also large lot of o aud boys' negligee shirts and waists.
British Dictionary definitions for negligée


a woman's light dressing gown, esp one that is lace-trimmed
a thin and revealing woman's nightdress
any informal attire
Word Origin
C18: from French négligée, past participle (fem) of négliger to neglect
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Word Origin and History for negligée



1756, "a kind of loose gown worn by women," from French négligée, noun use of fem. past participle of négligier "to neglect" (14c.), from Latin neglegere "to disregard, not heed, not trouble oneself about," also "to make light of" (see neglect (v.)). 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. It also was used in the U.S. funeral industry mid-20c. for "shroud of a corpse."

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Encyclopedia Article for negligée


(French: "careless," or "neglected"), informal gown, usually of a soft, sheer fabric, worn at home by women. In the days of tightly corseted and laced clothing, the negligee was a loose-fitting gown worn during the rest period after lunch. The negligee was sometimes belted with a narrow sash or ribbon

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