pei·​gnoir pān-ˈwär How to pronounce peignoir (audio)
: a woman's loose negligee or dressing gown

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The character in a marabou peignoir is unbothered with practicality or particulars. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 4 Aug. 2022 Margaret, the wealthy grieving twin, wears a gorgeous sheer feather peignoir in an early scene, almost as lush as the one from Dinner at Eight. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 4 Aug. 2022 The first, a blue peignoir nightgown and pink housecoat, accompanied Maisel on her first stage appearance. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, 17 Dec. 2019 Looking the part To get the right effect, Shelby brought four outfits, plus two lounging ensembles featuring a robe and peignoir. Kinsey Gidick, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2019 Familiar snippets of classical music float through scenes like one of Lola’s peignoirs, and lines of poetry (written by Mr. Leteiler) dangle in the air. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2018 Another, dressed in an ice-blue peignoir, petted a stuffed lap dog with one hand and preened with the other. Jenna Wortham, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2018 Lips scream here, hands clench, a woman in a gray peignoir walks up and down, a restive ghost. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 25 Sep. 2017 Olivia La Roche has become a pro at sourcing 1940s peignoirs and vintage pointy-toed pumps — and making them look exceptionally cool. Rebecca Ramsey, The Cut, 23 June 2017 See More

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Word History


French, literally, garment worn while combing the hair, from Middle French, from peigner to comb the hair, from Latin pectinare, from pectin-, pecten comb — more at pectinate

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peignoir was in 1835

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“Peignoir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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