neg·​li·​gee | \ ˌne-glə-ˈzhā How to pronounce negligee (audio) , ˈne-glə-ˌzhā \
variants: or less commonly negligé

Definition of negligee

1 : a woman's long flowing usually sheer dressing gown
2 : carelessly informal or incomplete attire

Examples of negligee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Drake herself appears, wearing a pink negligee and an eagle-head mask, a Halloween leftover that could be playful but here, amid other bits of strangeness, suggests some sort of ritual gathering. Vince Aletti, The New Yorker, 2 Apr. 2022 The pop star posted three photos and a selfie video of the graphic getup on Monday (Nov. 1), wearing a hot-pink-and-black negligee with fuzzy leopard-print handcuffs and fake blood covering her face and hands. Katie Atkinson, Billboard, 1 Nov. 2021 Sandra Bush, who died in 2012, wore a red negligee with a deep open neck and a wide black belt. New York Times, 13 Oct. 2021 Lions, female sphinxes, deer and other symbols of the house are printed on long negligee-style dress in pink-beige and black crêpe. Cécilia Pelloux, Forbes, 7 May 2021 The full video dropped at midnight, and features Madonna dragging on what appears to be a cigar (or might something stronger), sporting platinum blond hair and wearing some fetching negligee. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 7 May 2021 Esther, who can’t read but can sew like a virtuoso, supports herself by making negligees and corsets for women across the social strata. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Sep. 2019 The only non-weirdo is Eurydice, who throws temper tantrums in her nighties and negligees, properly enraged by her mistreatment by men and gods. Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2019 Her eyes seem to have lost their vigour, her complexion is now a dirty negligee pink satin. Constance Grady, Vox, 14 Aug. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of negligee

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for negligee

borrowed from French négligé "casualness, casual or informal dress," from past participle of négliger "to disregard, neglect, treat carelessly," going back to Middle French negliger, borrowed from Latin neglegere, neclegere, necligere "to disregard, do nothing about, fail to care for" — more at neglect entry 1

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“Negligee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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neg·​li·​gee | \ ˌne-glə-ˈzhā How to pronounce negligee (audio) \

Kids Definition of negligee

: a woman's loose robe made of thin material


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