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

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Her eyes seem to have lost their vigour, her complexion is now a dirty negligee pink satin. Constance Grady, Vox, "13 amazing facts about Princess Margaret from Craig Brown’s new biography," 14 Aug. 2018 Selena Gomez's sheer dress for the Met Gala, designed by Stuart Vevers for Coach, is reminiscent of a negligee, crafted out of vintage cream silk gauze. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez's Met Gala Dress is Nightgown Inspired," 8 May 2018 For that one night, Goldie Hawn—in a negligee—was the coolest mom in Hollywood. Hilary Weaver, Vanities, "Goldie Hawn Once Crashed Her Teen Kids’ Party in a Negligee," 13 Oct. 2017 For that one night, Goldie Hawn—in a negligee—was the coolest mom in Hollywood. Hilary Weaver,, "Goldie Hawn Once Crashed Her Teen Kids’ Party in a Negligee," 13 Oct. 2017 Her closed eyes and negligee-like garment lend her the air of a somnambulist. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘Café Müller’ and ‘The Rite of Spring’ Reviews: A Posthumous Homecoming," 18 Sep. 2017 Well in Texas, that flimsy negligee of a justification didn't stay on long. Victoria Defrancesco Soto, NBC News, "Opinion: Calling Immigration on Latinos Protesting SB4 is Racial Profiling," 30 May 2017 How about photographing her and Eva in their negligees, lounging on beds? Martha Weinman Lear, The New Yorker, "The Celebrity Interviews of Yesteryear," 16 Jan. 2017 The show opens with a series of hazy black-and-white photographs from 1969 that capture the artist’s reclusive mother in a frothy negligee, moving about a dim, somewhat bedraggled bedroom, curling her hair, putting on makeup, posing before a mirror. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Lush Morsels From an Artist’s Erotic Imagination NOV. 11, 2016," 10 Nov. 2016

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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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The first known use of negligee was in 1756

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English Language Learners Definition of negligee

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


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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