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 (dĕs′ə-bēl′, -bē′)
Variant of dishabille.


(ˌdeɪzæˈbiːl) or


1. (Clothing & Fashion) the state of being partly or carelessly dressed
2. (Clothing & Fashion) archaic clothes worn in such a state
[C17: from French déshabillé undressed, from dés- dis-1 + habiller to dress; see habiliment]


(ˌdɪs əˈbil, -ˈbi)

also deshabille

1. the state of being carelessly or partially dressed.
2. Archaic. a loose morning dress; negligee.
3. a disorderly or disorganized state of mind or way of thinking.
[1665–75; < French déshabillé, n. use of past participle of déshabiller to undress =dés- dis-1 + habiller to dress; see habiliment]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.deshabille - the state of being carelessly or partially dressed
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
shirtsleeves - not wearing a jacket; "in your shirtsleeves" means you are not wearing anything over your shirt; "in hot weather they dined in their shirtsleeves"


[ˌdezəˈbiːl] Ndesabillé m
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On the police interfering, the young woman threw back the shawl, and all recognized Millionaire Todd's daughter, who had just come from the Slum Freak Dinner at the Pond, where all the choicest guests were in a similar deshabille.
A stately age--to us, perhaps, in the company of the historic muse, seeming even more stately than it actually was--it is pleasant to find it, as we do now and again on these pages, in graceful deshabille.
Forgetting their morning deshabille and general untidiness, they rushed breathless with excitement to meet the regiment, and listened greedily to the band playing the march.
Posters for The National Gallery's current Veronese show zoom in on Mary Magdalene's exquisite face, and the fantastically coiffed, deshabille ladies of Paris Bordone's Two Women, a Cupid and a Soldier publicised the highly successful 'Houghton Revisited'.
Des que le baigneur se deshabille, [beaucoup moins que]El Kyass[beaucoup plus grand que] place autour de sa taille[beaucoup moins que]une Fouta[beaucoup plus grand que].
Through Carsen's scenography, the exhibition unfolded like a film in which scenes in elegant interiors with women reposing in vaporous deshabille were followed by a fashion show.
Un individu, residant au quartier Maarif, s'est completement deshabille et s'est allonge sur la chaussee.
L'Etat demystifie et deshabille de ses apparats metaphysiques ne serait qu'un ensemble de fournisseurs de services.
Des temoins ont affirme que les heurts avaient eclate apres qu'un homme de Gharian a ete poignarde et deshabille dans un marche situe entre al-Assabia et Gharian.
INSPIRATION: TV's Mad Men, and a poster for Lynsey's cabaret show FAN: Singer Lily Allen is launching her own line of vintage clothes RUBY'S RUGBY SHOWTOP London burlesque artist Ruby Deshabille will be performing at Candy Cabaret, a retro club night at the Verve Bar in Rugby on Saturday, May 22.
Sadly, when I looked more closely, I discovered their names all led me to an adult dating service that appears to involve young ladies in deshabille and a financial transaction.
In fact, the ladies were being interviewed with long toms for jobs as assistant starters, and I was in a state of deshabille because of the extreme heat.