American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The state of being partially or very casually dressed.
- n. Casual or lounging attire.
- n. An intentionally careless manner.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Undress, or negligent dress; specifically, a loose morning-dress.
- n. Extreme casual or disorderly dress, shirt tail out, sleeves unbuttoned, etc.
- n. A loose, negligent dress.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An undress; a loose, negligent dress; deshabille.
- n. the state of being carelessly or partially dressed
- French déshabillé, from past participle of déshabiller, to undress : des-, dis- + habiller, to clothe; see habiliment. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The first time we meet Victoria, she is wretching her guts into the toilet with her mother standing above her in dishabille, smoking a cigarette into her face while threatening to throw her out of the house.”
“The moment we alighted, "My friend has been ill," said she, "and is in dishabille, will you shew her an apartment, that she may alter her dress?”
“The word dishabille (from the French déshabillé 'undressed', which still refers to a negligee) uses a common euphemism for nudity to refer to being partially or very casually dressed, a matter of comparison with the fashion-sensitive 'proper' dress, not to an actual revealing characteris - tic of the 'lesser' garments worn.”
“Every now and then some would-be curmudgeon rises up on his hind legs and yowls at the sky that the latest form of social networking is a blight on the cultural landscape and proves that people have nothing better to do than post pictures of their pets in various shocking forms of dishabille.”
“Surveying the park occupants' slovenly dishabille, I thought of a recent report that students in Yale's elite "Grand Strategy" seminar have been notified of discounts from a tailor from Bangkok and been advised that "Once you have a custom suit, it's really hard to go back.”
“This coffee-table collection of industrial-therapeutic dishabille — 70 abandoned asylums in 30 states, photographed over six years — is as gorgeous and meditative as it is harrowing.”
“It made most of the men uneasy when she would try to drag them on to the dance floor, they in their finest dishabille, she in blue jean bellbottoms and nothing else.”
“If it's the occupiers' unsanitary dishabille and unsavory conduct that upsets their critics, might we compare the conditions in the parks with the sanitation, sanity, and law-abidingness in Congress, the major investment banks, and the New York Police Department?”
“Is it any wonder that mortgage writing and housing remain in dishabille?”
“A trip they take together to Italy for a film premiere -- a reward worthy of a surrogate wife -- is interrupted by yet another clueless clingy ex-lover who in flagrant morning-after dishabille tries to make nice with Cleo by talking about her boyfriend when she too was 11.”
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