night rail

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noun \ ˈnīt-ˌrāl \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of night rail

archaic

Origin and Etymology of night rail

1night + 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 1reel


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