night·​ie | \ˈnī-tē \
variants: or nighty
plural nighties

Definition of nightie 

: a nightgown for a woman or child

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Its $80 nighties, for example, are made of Xirotex, a new fabric that fights moisture, bacteria, and odor and is said to be good for menopause. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Getting a good night’s sleep is a luxury — and can come at a high price.," 9 Oct. 2018 Such a romantic nightie plays a pivotal supporting role in countless period films, signifying vulnerability, rebellion and great taste in linen. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "The Case for Wearing Nightgowns All Day," 2 Aug. 2018 On a busy day, opt for a billowy cotton nightie with plenty of room to move. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "Wear Your Nightie Out," 11 July 2018 And what could be lazier — or, in fashion-girl speak, effortless — than stepping out in your nightie? Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "Wear Your Nightie Out," 11 July 2018 Clothing from nighties to hoodies fill the front of the store, with racks of lotions, party games and smoking supplies interspersed. Ed Fletcher, sacbee, "Controversial Hustler Hollywood store opens in Arden Arcade. Here’s the reaction," 10 Feb. 2018 First came floor-length shirt dresses as pure as nuns’ nighties and then with ruffles at the side (aside from Ms. Sander, there were echoes of Yohji Yamamoto in this collection). Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Debuts at Jil Sander and Roberto Cavalli," 24 Sep. 2017 Then up the curtain went again, to reveal … a barefoot girl standing on a swing in an angelic silken nightie with a long blond braid trailing down her back and lacy sleeves like wings. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Couture in the Shadow of the Women’s March," 27 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of nightie

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nightie

night(gown) + -ie

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The first known use of nightie was in 1871

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English Language Learners Definition of nightie

; especially : a sexy and often short nightgown that is worn by women

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