Definitions

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

  • n. A woman's loose-fitting dressing gown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long outer garment for women, usually sheer and made of chiffon and often sold with matching nightgown, negligee or underwear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman's loose dressing sack; hence, a loose morning gown or wrapper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A loose dressing-sack worn by women, usually of washable material; by extension, a woman's dressing-gown or morning-gown; a wrapper.

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

  • n. a loose dressing gown for women

Etymologies

French, from Old French peignouer, linen covering used while combing oneself, from peigner, to comb the hair, from Latin pectināre, from pecten, pectin-, comb.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I believe the thing was called a peignoir; or possibly it was a negligee, since it certainly was negligible as far as the amount of fabric used in its construction was concerned.

    DarklyDreamingDexter

  • Ouai ... en peignoir, au milieu de la rue, à 10 heures du matin …

    bibi - French Word-A-Day

  • Mickey Demers reclined on a white couch, in a white peignoir with lapel of white fur and matching white slippers, holding a crystal martini glass.

    Happy Landings

  • He was halfway in the jeep when his GI driver pointed out the incriminating peignoir.

    A Covert Affair

  • In one scene, a woman in a peignoir a recurrent Bausch costume ebulliently lets loose with a leaf blower on a autumn hillside casting golden foliage seemingly out into the theater, in another sequence, a shirtless man balances tree branches on his arms and shoulders and walks towards the camera.

    Glen Helfand: Full-Bodied Film

  • "The door opened and Eline came in, looking rather pale in a white flannel peignoir, with her hair loose and flowing."

    Tolstoy and Trollope Fans, Meet Couperus

  • The paperback cover of this hideous book (title lifted wholesale from Somerset Maugham) shows a young buck looking down at a bosomy 1970-ish Carolina belle in a courtyard with her peignoir trashily left open (it's fiction).

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  • With enormous gusto, she ripped the peignoir in half and tossed it down on the marble floor.

    One Flight Up

  • A natural cousin to the dressing gown and the peignoir, both of which existed prior to the Edwardian era, the tea gown developed in the 1870s, when both day and evening dresses were tightly fitted.

    The Tea Gown | Edwardian Promenade

  • I fiddled with my hair, the peignoir, taking it off, thinking about pulling on my panties or getting fully dressed again.

    My Sweet Audrina

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