plural noun

night·​clothes ˈnīt-ˌklō(t͟h)z How to pronounce nightclothes (audio)
: garments for wear in bed

Examples of nightclothes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ever wake up drenched in sweat, with the sheets and your nightclothes damp to dripping wet? Madeleine Burry,, 9 Sep. 2021 Roughly 30 officers — local law enforcement led by FBI agents — searched the house, confining Montoya, Reznicek, and Frank Cordaro, still dressed in their scant summer nightclothes, to the porch. Julia Shipley, Rolling Stone, 26 May 2021 Once on the street, they were surrounded by neighbors still in their nightclothes looking for a way to escape the area. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, 14 May 2021 The students, who were forcefully taken away from their hostels -- some of them in their nightclothes -- could be seen in the video asking the government to be diplomatic in its engagement with the gunmen. Stephanie Busari, Nimi Princewill and Isaac Abrak, CNN, 14 Mar. 2021 Thousands of residents of the Oakmont Village senior living community fled the fast-moving fires – many in nightclothes and robes and gripping canes and walkers – as ash spewed in the sky in Sonoma, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2020 Many evacuees fled with only their nightclothes, forced to rush from their homes with only minutes to spare. Dominic Fracassa,, 19 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nightclothes was in 1567

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“Nightclothes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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plural noun
night·​clothes -ˌklō(t͟h)z How to pronounce nightclothes (audio)
: garments worn in bed

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