dis·​ha·​bille ˌdi-sə-ˈbēl How to pronounce dishabille (audio) -ˈbil How to pronounce dishabille (audio)
archaic : negligee
: the state of being dressed in a casual or careless style
: a deliberately careless or casual manner

Examples of dishabille in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just delicious, decadent dishabille. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 17 Feb. 2022 Charlize Theron was seductively dishabille in a Dior gown that was part black corset and part emerald slink. Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2020 Maggie is just one of the screen stars whose dishabille lingers long after the lights have come up. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, 7 Feb. 2018 Bodies were in various stages of dishabille and discipline. Joshua David Stein, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2016

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Word History


French déshabillé, from past participle of déshabiller to undress, from dés- dis- + habiller to dress — more at habiliment

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of dishabille was in 1673

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“Dishabille.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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