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peignoir

[peyn-wahr, pen-, peyn-wahr, pen-] /peɪnˈwɑr, pɛn-, ˈpeɪn wɑr, ˈpɛn-/
noun
1.
a woman's dressing gown.
2.
a cloak or gown of terry cloth for wear after swimming or, especially in France, after the bath.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < French: literally, comber, i.e., something worn while one's hair is being combed, equivalent to peign(er) to comb (< Late Latin pectināre; see pecten) + -oir < Latin -ōrium -ory1
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  • Momma wears matching nightgowns and robes called peignoir sets and they are all different colors of yellow, pink, and peach.
British Dictionary definitions for peignoir

peignoir

/ˈpeɪnwɑː/
noun
1.
a woman's dressing gown or negligee
Word Origin
C19: from French, from peigner to comb, since the garment was worn while the hair was combed
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Word Origin and History for peignoir
n.

"lady's loose robe," 1835, from French peignoir, from Middle French peignouoir "garment worn over the shoulders while combing the hair" (16c.), from peigner "to comb the hair," from Latin pectinare, from pecten (genitive pectinis) "a comb," related to pectere "to comb" (see fight (v.)). A gown put on while coming from the bath; misapplied in English to a woman's morning gown.

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