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

Definition of nightie

: a nightgown for a woman or child

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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 On a busy day, opt for a billowy cotton nightie with plenty of room to move. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "Wear Your Nightie Out," 11 July 2018 And what could be lazier — or, in fashion-girl speak, effortless — than stepping out in your nightie? Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "Wear Your Nightie Out," 11 July 2018 Clothing from nighties to hoodies fill the front of the store, with racks of lotions, party games and smoking supplies interspersed. Ed Fletcher, sacbee, "Controversial Hustler Hollywood store opens in Arden Arcade. Here’s the reaction," 10 Feb. 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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