peignoir

[peyn-wahr, pen-, peyn-wahr, pen-]
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:
1825–35; < 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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peignoir (ˈpeɪnwɑː)
 
n
a woman's dressing gown or negligee
 
[C19: from French, from peigner to comb, since the garment was worn while the hair was combed]

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peignoir
1835, "lady's loose robe," from Fr. peignoir, from M.Fr. peignouoir "garment worn over the shoulders while combing the hair" (16c.), from peigner "to comb," from L. pectinare, from pecten (gen. pectinis) "a comb," related to pectere "to comb." A gown put on while coming from the bath; misapplied in Eng.
to a woman's morning gown.
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Momma wears matching nightgowns and robes called peignoir sets and they are all different colors of yellow, pink, and peach.
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