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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Examples of nightgown in a Sentence

decided to buy a flannel nightgown instead of pajamas
Recent Examples on the Web The following morning, Jackie let two kids into her house, passed them off to Willie, and then sat at her desk for her hearing on Zoom, wearing the same floral nightgown. Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, "The Child Care Industry Was Collapsing. Mrs. Jackie Bet Everything on an Impossible Dream to Save It.," 1 May 2021 Basically, this is why stress balls and fidget spinners exist, but some of us just prefer to use a scrap of silk from an old nightgown. Olivia Harrison,, "Meet The Adults Who Still Sleep With Security Blankets," 15 Apr. 2021 While nap dresses may be comfortable enough to sleep in, their purpose goes far beyond that of a nightgown. Noelle Ike, CNN Underscored, "Meet the nap dress, an ultra-comfortable WFH staple we’re obsessed with," 24 Mar. 2021 Looks about 1,000 years old but still has her headband, but also is wearing a sad nightgown. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Series Finale Recap: Enter the Void," 1 Jan. 2021 Nelda Price, wearing a nightgown, and John Price, in his pajamas, were left cuffed outside for several hours. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "69-year-old Black woman sues city, claims Texas police 'smashed' into home for 'no reason'," 9 Dec. 2020 On his way to the kitchen for a glass of water, Yeong-hye’s husband finds her in front of an open fridge in a nightgown, standing still as a potted plant. Bindu Bansinath, Bon Appétit, "After a Life-Changing Injury, I Had to Eat to Heal," 8 Dec. 2020 Some years ago, no one is sure of the date, the nightgown died. Washington Post, "This is our pajama moment," 7 Dec. 2020 In addition to the traditional matching pajamas, the Gnome Sweet Gnome line includes hats, sweaters, knee socks, and a nightgown for moms (or Nanas) who prefer a more feminine sleepwear silhouette. Anna Lane, USA TODAY, "10 family pajama sets that are perfect for Christmas and Hanukkah," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of nightgown

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nightgown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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