AskDefine | Define housecoat

Dictionary Definition

housecoat n : a loose dressing gown for women [syn: negligee, neglige, peignoir, wrapper]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. a bathrobe.

Extensive Definition

A robe is a loose-fitting outer garment. A robe is distinguished from a cape or cloak by the fact that it usually has sleeves. The English word robe is borrowed from French, although in French it typically refers to a woman's dress. There are various types of robes, including:
  • A gown worn as part of the official dress of a peer or royalty.
  • An informal garment worn chiefly in the home.
    • One such example is a bathrobe, a garment made of terrycloth or another towel like material and is typically worn at home after a bath or other activities where the wearer is nude to keep warm and/or preserve modesty in times of no immediate need to fully dress. (Also called a house coat.) See, for example, that worn by the fictional character Arthur Dent.
  • (Informal usage) Any long flowing garment; for example, a cassock is sometimes called a robe, despite the fact that the cassock is close-fitting.

See also

housecoat in German: Talar
housecoat in Japanese: ローブ
housecoat in Simple English: Robe
housecoat in Finnish: Kaapu
housecoat in Swedish: Talar
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