Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of dishabille.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the state of being partially clothed
  • n. a garment worn when one is in a state of undress; a négligée

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An undress; a careless toilet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See dishabille.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being carelessly or partially dressed

Etymologies

French déshabille (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In spite of his more serious subjects of distress, Tressilian could not help feeling that he, with his riding-suit, however handsome it might be, made rather an unworthy figure among these “fierce vanities,” and the rather because he saw that his deshabille was the subject of wonder among his own friends, and of scorn among the partisans of Leicester.

    Kenilworth

  • In spite of his more serious subjects of distress, Tressilian could not help feeling that he, with his riding-suit, however handsome it might be, made rather an unworthy figure among these "fierce vanities," and the rather because he saw that his deshabille was the subject of wonder among his own friends, and of scorn among the partisans of Leicester.

    Kenilworth

  • What I saw were hundreds of old black&white glossy promo photos of lovely ladies in various stages of, shall we say, "deshabille"...

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • “Do you know, I like that kind of deshabille,” said

    The Small House at Allington

  • Lady Beaulyon, arrayed in a marvellous 'deshabille' of lace and pale blue satin, which would have been called by the up-to-date modiste

    God's Good Man

  • Ornatus sees his mistress asleep and in a kind of deshabille, employs a noble go-between, Adellena

    The English Novel

  • "Do you know, I like that kind of deshabille," said Cradell.

    The Small House at Allington

  • This is a kind of deshabille to go about early in the morning.

    Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

  • ÂMoving through the maze-like corridors of its endless rooms, one sees all these groupings of objects where the Belle Epoque meets deshabille chic, arranged ephemerally on tables and under bell jars.

    Jane Harris: Home-Work: Photographer David Armstrong Talks About His Latest Monograph, 615 Jefferson Avenue

  • Moving through the maze-like corridors of its endless rooms, one sees all these groupings of objects where the Belle Epoque meets deshabille chic, arranged ephemerally on tables and under bell jars.

    Jane Harris: Home-Work: Photographer David Armstrong Talks About His Latest Monograph, 615 Jefferson Avenue

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