night·​shirt ˈnīt-ˌshərt How to pronounce nightshirt (audio)
: a nightgown resembling a shirt

Examples of nightshirt in a Sentence

preferred nightshirts over pajama sets
Recent Examples on the Web This best-selling nightshirt is a whopping 57 percent off, bringing it down to just $35. Nicola Fumo, Peoplemag, 1 Mar. 2024 Made in the most sumptuous 22mm Mulberry silk, and tailored in a way that turns a classic nightshirt into something surprisingly glamorous, elegant cuff piping and mother-of-pearl buttons make this a sleepwear dream. Margaux Lushing, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 How about this gorgeous, striped nightshirt that can pair with a sweet, organic cotton pajama set for her mini? Margaux Lushing, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Theo smoked the cigarette to the bitter end, flipped the butt into the grass, and brushed the ashes off the front of her nightshirt. Addie Citchens, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 Adults can choose between a two-piece long-john set or a warm and cozy two-piece flannel set, and women can also opt for a long nightshirt. Jessica Booth, Parents, 14 Nov. 2023 Adults can also get a two-piece button-down set or an oversized women’s nightshirt. Jessica Booth, Parents, 14 Nov. 2023 Styles range from a kids’ nightgown to a women’s nightshirt to a baby romper—and of course, traditional pajama sets for kids, men, and women. Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 27 Oct. 2023 Beneath wall text describing Báthory’s ghoulish crimes and her macabre punishment, bloody mannequins in nightshirts, one with its throat hideously cut, sprawl across a counterpane. Sam Lipsyte, Harper's Magazine, 12 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nightshirt was in 1657

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“Nightshirt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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night·​shirt -ˌshərt How to pronounce nightshirt (audio)
: a nightgown resembling a shirt

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