night·​gown | \ˈnīt-ˌgau̇n \

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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In addition to the runway looks here is a brocade paisley nightgown made by Gimmo’s grandmother, which the now 78-year-old recalls as the catalyst that first fired his passion for fabrics. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Etro Mania Takes Milan With an Exhibition Celebrating 50 Years of Style," 24 Sep. 2018 The queen, who suffered from debilitating gout and severe depression, spends most of her time in a simple nightgown. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Though They Look Regal, Sandy Powell’s Costumes for The Favourite Are Grounded in Reality," 20 Nov. 2018 Byers was reportedly naked except for a nightgown around her neck. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "He beat a 68-year-old woman with a hammer and left her on the curb, NY police say," 2 July 2018 Close to midnight, my mother, in her long white cotton nightgown, burned the trash. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 Those that sold included some of Mrs. Kennedy’s square-toe leather shoes, her nightgowns and sleep bonnets, cotton summer dresses, which had not been kept in the best condition. Bonnie Wertheim, New York Times, "Jackie Kennedy’s Packing List for Texas, Chic and Poignant," 3 July 2018 Reece had laid three nightgowns out that he had just bought at the store. Laura Klairmont, CNN, "How a nightmare childhood inspired his one-of-a-kind gifts," 14 June 2018 Wear soft, breathable cotton clothing during the day, and cotton pajamas instead of a nightgown at night, says Dr. Kavita Mariwalla, a dermatologic surgeon at Stony Brook Hospital in New York. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "How to Prevent and Treat That Annoying Rash Between Your Thighs," 6 July 2018 Hours later, her body was found, clad in a flannel nightgown, red down jacket and blue socks, floating in the Pacific about a mile away from the yacht and off the island's Blue Cavern Point. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "11 Hollywood deaths still shrouded in mystery," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nightgown

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of nightgown

: a loose garment worn in bed

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