Definition of negligee in English:


Line breaks: neg|li¦gee
Pronunciation: /ˈnɛglɪʒeɪ
(also négligée)


  • A woman’s light dressing gown, typically made of a filmy fabric: a black silk negligee
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    • Then you come swooping in, wearing some lacy negligee and a silk dressing gown.
    • At this stage in the development of the archetypal pin-up photograph, there was still more satin than skin, with the figure hugging satin gowns and silk negligees being the props de rigueur.
    • She was lounging in a silk negligee, covered up with a bed robe.


mid 18th century (denoting a kind of loose gown worn by women): from French, literally 'given little thought or attention', feminine past participle of négliger 'to neglect'.

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