plural noun
night·​clothes | \ ˈnīt-ˌklō(t͟h)z How to pronounce nightclothes (audio) \

Definition of nightclothes

: garments for wear in bed

Examples of nightclothes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "New video emerges of abducted college students in Nigeria," 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, "Turns out 2020 can get worse," 28 Sep. 2020 Many evacuees fled with only their nightclothes, forced to rush from their homes with only minutes to spare. Dominic Fracassa,, "Frantic evacuations and rescues as fast-moving fire destroys homes overnight on march toward Vacaville," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of nightclothes

1567, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nightclothes was in 1567

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26 Mar 2021

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“Nightclothes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nightclothes

old-fashioned : clothes that people wear in bed

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