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 stairs or to the elevators of every one of the downtown buildings and onto the streets, their faces showing every sign of terror.


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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 — /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 — 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 …   New Collegiate 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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