night·​ie | \ ˈnī-tē How to pronounce nightie (audio) \
variants: or nighty
plural nighties

Definition of nightie

: a nightgown for a woman or child

Examples of nightie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The brand’s signature nightshirt was such a hit, designer and founder Alexandra Suhner Isenberg quickly expanded her collection to include pajama sets and nighties that can also be worn as daywear. Minna Shim, Harper's BAZAAR, "Clothes You Can Wear from the Sheets to the Streets," 24 Jan. 2020 Now wearing modest nighties as everyday dresses is becoming a trend, but Florentine girls have done it for quite a long time, raiding their mothers’ closets, and their daughters will certainly do the same. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "A Century-Old Florentine Atelier Looks to the Future With Its First Resort Collection," 14 June 2019 The only non-weirdo is Eurydice, who throws temper tantrums in her nighties and negligees, properly enraged by her mistreatment by men and gods. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Where Barrie Kosky, Europe’s hot opera director, wants to make his American splash," 12 Sep. 2019 All bright, all flowers, all hoodies, all blue, all black, all red, all black, all nighties, all winter, sweats, jackets. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Britney Spears Gives a Tour of Her Freshly Organized Closet," 14 June 2019 But please, don't make me out to be the mommy in the nightie who's not getting any sleep in her bed! Abby Tabak, House Beautiful, "A Peek Inside the Bedroom of Actress Elisabeth Röhm," 17 Nov. 2011 This was a good year for dresses, from those aforementioned nighties to bohemian gowns and wrap dresses. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Biggest, Most Influential Trends We Saw on Instagram in 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 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

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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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“Nightie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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