negligee

noun neg·li·gee \ ˌne-glə-ˈzhā , ˈne-glə-ˌzhā \
variants: or less commonly negligé
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of negligee

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1neglect


NEGLIGEE Defined for English Language Learners

negligee

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Definition of negligee for English Language Learners

  • : a long piece of clothing made of a thin material (such as silk) that is worn in bed by women


NEGLIGEE Defined for Kids

negligee

noun neg·li·gee \ ˌne-glə-ˈzhā \

Definition of negligee for Students

: a woman's loose robe made of thin material


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