Ladies wear lingerie as undergarments or sleepwear. When you go the department store, instead of asking, “Where do you keep the underpants?” you could say, “Will you please direct me to the lingerie department?”

The noun lingerie, pronounced "lahn-zhuh-RAY" by most Americans, comes from the French word lingerie, which means “things made of linen.” In English, lingerie has a bit of a racy connotation, because if you use this word instead of the more common underwear, you are probably talking about silk and lace — fancy underthings that aren't meant for everyday wear.

Definitions of lingerie

n women's underwear and nightclothes

intimate apparel
gown, night-robe, nightdress, nightgown, nightie
lingerie consisting of a loose dress designed to be worn in bed by women
women's underwear
Type of:
underclothes, underclothing, underwear
undergarment worn next to the skin and under the outer garments

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