A peignoir is a long outer garment for women usually sheer and made of chiffon. Peignoirs are usually sold with matching nightgown, negligee or panties but are often worn with no underwear.

Also described as a garment worn when brushing the hair, from French "peigner", to comb the hair, from Latin "pectināre", from "pecten", "pectin-", comb. This depicts a dressing gown or robe.

It is repeatedly mentioned in the novel "The Awakening", by Kate Chopin, somewhat like a show of when she is awakening. A peignoir is also notably featured in the opening stanza of the poem "Sunday Morning" by Wallace Stevens and in opening chapters of the novel "Tender Is the Night" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, where it is described in the context of beach attire. In "Fawlty Towers" a flirty Frenchwoman is called Mrs. Peignoir.

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  • peignoir — [ pɛɲwar ] n. m. • 1534; peignouer « trousse à peignes » 1416; de peigner 1 ♦ Vx Vêtement dont on s enveloppe pour se peigner. ♢ Mod. Ample vêtement de protection, à manches, en usage chez les coiffeurs et dans les instituts de beauté. 2 ♦ (1814) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • peignoir — s.n. (Franţuzism) Halat de baie; rochie de casă. [pron. pe nioár. / < fr. peignoir]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.07.2005. Sursa: DN  PEIGNOIR PE NIOÁR/ s. n. halat de baie; rochie de casă. (< fr. peignoir) Trimis de raduborza, 15.09.2007.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Peignoir —   [pɛnjo aːr; französisch, zu peigner »kämmen«] der, s/ s, Frisier und Pudermantel des 18. Jahrhunderts, umgelegt zum Schutz der Kleidung beim Pudern der Haare.   * * * Pei|gnoir [pɛn jo̭a:ɐ̯], der; s, s [frz. peignoir, zu: peigner = kämmen]… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • peignoir — 1835, lady s loose robe, from Fr. peignoir, from M.Fr. peignouoir garment worn over the shoulders while combing the hair (16c.), from peigner to comb, from L. pectinare, from pecten (gen. pectinis) a comb, related to pectere to comb (see FIGHT… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Peignoir — Pei gnoir , n. [F., fr. peigner to comb, L. pectinare. See {Pectinate}.] A woman s loose dressing sack; hence, a loose morning gown or wrapper. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Peignoir — (franz., spr. pänjŭār), eleganter Damenmorgenrock (eigentlich Frisier und Pudermantel) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Peignoir — (frz., spr. penjŏahr), Frisiermantel; eleganter Morgenrock der Frauen …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Peignoir — The mantle worn over the shoulders while the hair is being dressed. A cloak worn by bathers when walking on the beach …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • peignoir — ► NOUN ▪ a woman s light dressing gown or negligee. ORIGIN French, from peigner to comb (because the garment was originally worn while combing the hair) …   English terms dictionary

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