[neg-li-zhey, neg-li-zhey]
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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World English Dictionary
negligee or negligée (ˈnɛɡlɪˌʒeɪ)
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
[C18: from French négligée, past participle (fem) of négliger to neglect]

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Word Origin & History

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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Encyclopedia Britannica


(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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Example sentences
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.
Negligee a robe or a dressing gown, usually of sheer or soft fabric for women.
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