night rail

noun
\ ˈnīt-ˌrāl How to pronounce night rail (audio) \

Definition of night rail

archaic

First Known Use of night rail

1552, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for night rail

night entry 1 + rail "loose outer garment worn by women, scarf, shawl," going back to Middle English reyel, reil "garment," going back to Old English hrægl, hregl "cloak, garment," going back to Germanic *hregil-, *hregul- (whence also Old Frisian hreil "garment," Old High German hregil "garment, armor"), probably from an accentual variant of *hrehula- "device for holding or separating yarn" — more at reel entry 1

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The first known use of night rail was in 1552

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“Night rail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/night%20rail. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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