night·​shirt | \ ˈnīt-ˌshərt How to pronounce nightshirt (audio) \

Definition of nightshirt

: a nightgown resembling a shirt

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Synonyms for nightshirt


gown, nightdress, nightgown

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Examples of nightshirt in a Sentence

preferred nightshirts over pajama sets

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My biggest luxury is: my sheets and my nightshirts. Elisa Lipsky-karasz, WSJ, "Karl Lagerfeld’s Secrets to Creativity and Productivity," 4 Dec. 2018 In 1914, just at the outbreak of World War I in Europe, the Cincinnati women answered a call for Belgium relief and sent two boxes of pajamas, nightshirts, flannel trousers, and wool scarves and socks. Jeff Suess,, "Our history: DAR gets hands dirty cleaning Northside monument," 12 Apr. 2018 Rylance's Philippe is first encountered alone in a nightshirt, fishing from a goldfish bowl while sharing existential reflections with its circling occupant. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Farinelli and the King': Theater Review," 18 Dec. 2017 The Spring 2017 update features more of a crewneck and a hemline that swoops up like a nightshirt on the sides of my legs. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "This $35 Monki Dress Has Changed the Way I Dress For Travel," 25 Sep. 2017 Here's a closer look at Selena's Olivia Von Halle nightshirt. Kate Friedman, Glamour, "Selena Gomez Wore $400 Pajamas Out in New York," 18 Oct. 2017 The knight-savior Lohengrin appears in a nightshirt amid a crowd of chorus members and never seems to wield any magical powers. Micaela Baranello, New York Times, "In Europe, Opera Takes On Our Time," 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of nightshirt

1657, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nightshirt was in 1657

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English Language Learners Definition of nightshirt

: a long, loose shirt that you wear in bed


night·​shirt | \ ˈnīt-ˌshərt How to pronounce nightshirt (audio) \

Kids Definition of nightshirt

: a long loose shirt worn in bed

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