Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state of being partially or very casually dressed.
  • noun Casual or lounging attire.
  • noun An intentionally careless manner.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Undress, or negligent dress; specifically, a loose morning-dress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An undress; a loose, negligent dress; deshabille.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Extreme casual or disorderly dress, shirt tail out, sleeves unbuttoned, etc.
  • noun A loose, negligent dress.

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

  • noun the state of being carelessly or partially dressed

Etymologies

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

[French déshabillé, from past participle of déshabiller, to undress : des-, dis- + habiller, to clothe; see habiliment.]

Examples

  • 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.

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  • 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?"

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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."

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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."

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