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Definition of peignoir

: a woman's loose negligee or dressing gown

Examples of peignoir in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first, a blue peignoir nightgown and pink housecoat, accompanied Maisel on her first stage appearance. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Two Dresses From ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Are Coming to the 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, "Some travelers are dressing the part when they visit historic locations," 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, "Review: In ‘Shining Moon,’ Two Gay Chilean Actors Confront the Past," 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, "Is ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ the Most Radical Show on TV?," 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, "Review: Beckett’s Absurdist House of Horrors, in Hell’s Kitchen," 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, "The Vintage-Clothing Magnate Who Grew Up on a Commune," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of peignoir

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peignoir

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

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“Peignoir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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