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 In a vlog on her OnlyFans page, clad in a fembot-esque pink nightie and thigh-high white platform boots, Lucy, 19, takes a swipe at a piñata, which, in keeping with the zoomer baby-doll aesthetic, is Hello Kitty-themed. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, "How the Dream of a Porn- Content House Fell Apart," 23 Mar. 2021 That translated into matching nightdresses and robes in old-fashioned patterns—one of which was, actually, inspired by a real sighting of the Queen in her nightie. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, and Margaret Thatcher's PJs in The Crown Have Hidden Meanings," 24 Nov. 2020 The Thing that followed many women through shelter-in-place orders this summer was the Nap Dress, an unassuming, nightie-like garment. Rory Satran, WSJ, "What Is a ‘Nap Dress’ and Why Do Women Want It So Badly?," 17 Oct. 2020 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

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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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3 Apr 2021

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“Nightie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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