night·​ie ˈnī-tē How to pronounce nightie (audio)
variants or nighty
plural nighties
: a nightgown for a woman or child

Examples of nightie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The following sleepwear, from organic cotton cami sets to vibrantly patterned silk nighties and a new hit by the makers of a cult-classic, are no-fail gifts for mom to feel a little luxury at the end of the day. Margaux Lushing, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Holmes opted for a black slip dress by Rag & Bone, which resembles a nightie thanks to the cream lace trims along the hem of the skirt and the bodice. Emma Spedding, Glamour, 19 June 2023 The 2021 pilot’s opening scene, drenched in cultish signifiers of feminine innocence going to slaughter, follows a barefoot and bleeding girl in a white nightie running through the snow. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2023 Who can pull off a red lip while still wearing her nightie. Carli Whitwell,, 27 Sep. 2021

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Word History


night(gown) + -ie

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nightie was in 1871

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“Nightie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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