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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.]


(Clothing & Fashion) a variant of deshabille


(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.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"


[ˌdɪsæˈbiːl] Ndesnudez f


n (form) in various degrees of dishabillemehr oder weniger hüllenlos


[ˌdɪsæˈbiːl] ndéshabillé m inv
in dishabille → in déshabillé
References in classic literature ?
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.
The bold des Lupeaulx followed the handsome figure, so piquant did she seem to him in her dishabille.
It was slim-fitting, with cropped cigarette trousers, worn with very high stiletto heels and a cream dishabille blouse.
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.
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.
In fact, for magazines to be dishabille is not only acceptable but preferred.
Cianciolo's work seems to aspire to a state of permanent dishabille.
Steele: "The pajamalike Ferragamo shirt seems to be part of a wave of dishabille in menswear--it's in womenswear, too, but we're used to seeing it in women's clothing.