night·​gown ˈnīt-ˌgau̇n How to pronounce nightgown (audio)
archaic : dressing gown
: a loose garment for wear in bed

Examples of nightgown in a Sentence

decided to buy a flannel nightgown instead of pajamas
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Nightgown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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night·​gown -ˌgau̇n How to pronounce nightgown (audio)
: a long loose garment worn in bed

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