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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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 Near the Duomo Street DoingThe best designer vintage in the city, with Valentino couture, '70s Gucci, and antique silk nightgowns. Amanda Brooks, Condé Nast Traveler, "What You Really Want to Buy in Florence," 12 Feb. 2018 Mexican actress Maria Félix sitting on an armchair wearing a lace nightgown in the film La belle Otéro. Alix Langone, Time, "Mexican Film Icon María Félix's Life Is Being Celebrated On Her 104th Birthday," 8 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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