night·​gown | \ ˈnīt-ˌgau̇n How to pronounce nightgown (audio) \

Definition of nightgown

1 archaic : dressing gown
2 : a loose garment for wear in bed

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Synonyms for nightgown


gown, nightdress, nightshirt

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Examples of nightgown in a Sentence

decided to buy a flannel nightgown instead of pajamas

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On the runway, pajama dressing is still all the rage; on Instagram, It girls galore have been spotted in Little House on the Prairie–style nightgowns as day dresses. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The 36 Best Pajamas to Buy for Absolutely Everyone on Your Holiday Gift List," 13 Nov. 2018 After the Carlyle, Priyanka invited Jonas back to her apartment where both confirmed that her mother was a nightgown, watching Law & Order. Abby Gardner, Teen Vogue, "Nick Jonas Patted Priyanka Chopra's Back Instead of Kissing Her on Their First Date," 29 Nov. 2018 Jenna Coleman plays the young queen and wears gorgeous, historically accurate costumes, from corseted portrait-collar gowns to incredible riding outfits and even dishabille nightgowns. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Most Stylish Movies and TV Shows of 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 The nightgowns are a mashup between Picnic at Hanging Rock and Virgin Suicides fantasy. Kate Young, Vogue, "Shopping Like the Pope and More! Kate Young Lives La Dolce Vita in Italy," 20 Aug. 2018 Played by Olivia Colman, the monarch is in frail health and spends much time in her bedroom, dressed in a nightgown and robe. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "Bed covers, corsets and old jeans: Costume designer Sandy Powell dresses a royal court in ‘The Favourite’," 27 Nov. 2018 Clara Cornet of Galeries Lafayette wears a Simone Rocha nightgown-ish dress in Paris. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "The Case for Wearing Nightgowns All Day," 2 Aug. 2018 She was discovered floating in the water in a flannel nightgown, socks, and a down jacket the next morning. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, "What Really Happened to Natalie Wood?," 29 Nov. 2018 After drinks, Chopra invited Jonas back to her apartment where both confirmed that her mother was a nightgown, watching Law & Order. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' First Date Ended With...a Back Pat," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of nightgown

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nightgown was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of nightgown

: a loose dress that is worn in bed especially by women and girls


night·​gown | \ ˈnīt-ˌgau̇n How to pronounce nightgown (audio) \

Kids Definition of nightgown

: a loose garment worn in bed

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