lin·ge·rie (län′zhə-rā, länzhə-rē, lăɴ-zhə-rē)
1. Women's undergarments or sleepwear, especially when designed to be visually or sexually alluring.
2. Archaic Linen articles, especially garments.
[French, from Old French, from linge, linen, from Latin līneus, made of linen, from līnum, flax; see lno- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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