lin·​ge·​rie ˌlän-jə-ˈrā How to pronounce lingerie (audio) ˌläⁿ-zhə- How to pronounce lingerie (audio)
: women's intimate apparel
archaic : linen articles or garments
lingerie adjective

Examples of lingerie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of Temu’s items are at unbelievable prices, with a 35-cent phone case, a lingerie set for $4.49, and cozy house slippers for $1.59. Drew Bernstein, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Birdies, the lingerie shop at 116 W. 18th St., will be celebrating its 21st anniversary on Wednesday., having opened on Valentine’s Day in 2003. Eric Adler, Kansas City Star, 13 Feb. 2024 Besides, this type of lingerie provides great support. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 Officers searching the 39-year-old man’s home found more than 500 panties, bras and pieces of lingerie stolen over a three-year period, Lakewood police said in a Jan. 26 news release. Don Sweeney, Sacramento Bee, 28 Jan. 2024 Titled after the eponymous shop, the film follows a rebellious woman who opens the lingerie parlour not only to teach local women about their sexuality but also to provide a haven for those who might be struggling under the hands of controlling — and often violent — husbands and fathers. Rafa Sales Ross, Variety, 3 Feb. 2024 In the lingerie department, save 30% and free shipping at $60 with promo code: BRAS. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Continue reading here… 'WILD' WOMAN - Nicole Kidman sizzles in lingerie and poses with a snake. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 27 Jan. 2024 Full of sultry lingerie and cozy pink-and-red pajamas, the collection features options ranging from $16-$124. Liza Esquibias, Peoplemag, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


French, from Middle French, from linge linen, from Latin lineus made of linen — more at line

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of lingerie was in 1835

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Cite this Entry

“Lingerie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


lin·​ge·​rie ˌlän-jə-ˈrā How to pronounce lingerie (audio) ˌlan-zhə- How to pronounce lingerie (audio)
: women's nightclothes or underwear

French, derived from early French linge "linen"

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