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 (dĭs′ə-bēl′, -bē′) also des·ha·bille (dĕs′-)
1. The state of being partially or very casually dressed.
2. Casual or lounging attire.
3. An intentionally careless manner.

[French déshabillé, from past participle of déshabiller, to undress : des-, dis- + habiller, to clothe; see habiliment.]
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(Clothing & Fashion) a variant of deshabille
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(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]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dishabille - 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"
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[ˌdɪsæˈbiːl] Ndesnudez f
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n (form) in various degrees of dishabillemehr oder weniger hüllenlos
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[ˌdɪsæˈbiːl] ndéshabillé m inv
in dishabille → in déshabillé
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References in classic literature ?
Even when snugly seated by his own fireside, with Mrs Varden opposite in a nightcap and night-jacket, and Dolly beside him (in a most distracting dishabille) curling her hair, and smiling as if she had never cried in all her life and never could-- even then, with Toby at his elbow and his pipe in his mouth, and Miggs (but that perhaps was not much) falling asleep in the background, he could not quite discard his wonder and uneasiness.
Wherever they went, some pattened girl stopped to curtsy, or some footman in dishabille sneaked off.
She was dressed, that is to say, in dishabille, wrapped in a long, warm dressing-gown.
The parent will sometimes roll and spin round before you in such a dishabille, that you cannot, for a few moments, detect what kind of creature it is.
There were men and women, the latter clad for the most part in wrappers, the former in all stages of dishabille. At one side Jurgis caught a glimpse of a big apartment with plush-covered chairs, and tables covered with trays and glasses.
The bold des Lupeaulx followed the handsome figure, so piquant did she seem to him in her dishabille. There is something indescribably alluring to the eye in a portion of flesh seen through an hiatus in the undergarment, more attractive far than when it rises gracefully above the circular curve of the velvet bodice, to the vanishing line of the prettiest swan's-neck that ever lover kissed before a ball.
Raymund Isaac and Raul Teehankee held their own exhibits of photographs of men in dishabille.
Glossy yet austere, the mood is expressed in a sense of dishabille dressing: taking its cue from lingerie, slip dresses in Chantilly lace epitomize the slithery lightness of fabrics and cuts.
It was slim-fitting, with cropped cigarette trousers, worn with very high stiletto heels and a cream dishabille blouse.
These scenes successfully do what Vocat wants and that is to "not make a lot of declarations, but [to] just raise a lot of questions." These images of boys, some depicted running around in various states of dishabille, elicit slightly uncomfortable responses, but the solidity and simplicity of the images keep the vignettes far enough afield from voyeurism.
(8) Interestingly, the salacious details of Emily's dishabille appear first in the second (1796) edition of the novel, apparently as part of an effort to heighten the sexual tension of the scene--an effort the 1797 edition takes still further by explicitly describing Emily as "half-naked" in Falkland's arms.
These details of her dressing--her dishabille, her inability to cover herself, Charlotte helping her--tell a small, if somewhat obvious, story: Harriet, unable to keep her secret from her "sisters," suffers their sisterly "sudden attack"; they, however, though they accuse her of reserve, will cover her and keep her secret.