or deshabille noun Etymology: French déshabillé, from past participle of déshabiller to undress, from dés- dis- + habiller to dress — more at habiliment Date: 1673 1. a. archaic negligee b. the state of being dressed in a casual or careless style 2. a deliberately careless or casual manner

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  • Dishabille — Dis ha*bille , n. [See {Deshabille}.] An undress; a loose, negligent dress; deshabille. [1913 Webster] They breakfast in dishabille. Smollett. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dishabille — 1670s, from Fr. déshabillé (17c.), noun use of pp. of déshabiller to undress (oneself), from des (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + habiller to dress, originally prepare, arrange (see HABIT (Cf. habit)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • dishabille — [dis΄ə bēl′] n. [Fr déshabillé, pp. of déshabiller, to undress < dés (see DIS ) + habiller, to dress, altered (after habit: see HABIT) < OFr abillier, to prepare, orig., to dress a log < bille, log: see BILLET2] 1. the state of being… …   English World dictionary

  • dishabille — noun /dɪsəˈbiːl, ˈbɪl/ Extreme casual or disorderly dress, shirt tail out, sleeves unbuttoned, etc. A little after 3:15 o’clock yesterday afternoon a stream of people, hatless, coatless, some in an even worse state of dishabille rushed down the… …   Wiktionary

  • dishabille — /dɪsəˈbil/ (say disuh beel) noun 1. the state of being partly dressed, or dressed negligently or carelessly: she opened the door in her dishabille. 2. a garment worn in undress. 3. a loose morning dress. {French déshabillé, properly past… …   Australian English dictionary

  • dishabille — /dis euh beel , bee /, n. 1. the state of being dressed in a careless, disheveled, or disorderly style or manner; undress. 2. a garment worn in undress. 3. a loose morning dress. 4. a disorderly or disorganized state of mind or way of thinking.… …   Universalium

  • dishabille — Synonyms and related words: bathrobe, bed jacket, brunch coat, casual clothes, dressing gown, housecoat, kimono, lounging robe, morning dress, neglige, negligee, robe, robe de chambre, smoking jacket, something comfortable, sport clothes, undress …   Moby Thesaurus

  • dishabille —  To be untidily or incompletely dressed; in French, déshabillé …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • dishabille — dis·ha·bille || ‚dɪsæ biːl n. careless or disheveled state of dress; garment worn at home (house dress, pyjamas, etc.) adj. partly dressed; informally dressed …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dishabille — [ˌdɪsa bi:l, bi:] noun variant spelling of déshabillé …   English new terms dictionary

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