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[nahyt-goun] /ˈnaɪtˌgaʊn/
a loose gown, worn in bed by women or children.
Archaic. a dressing gown.
Origin of nightgown
1350-1400; Middle English; see night, gown Unabridged
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  • The nightgown catches, and begins a slow, steady burn.
  • She yelled for her sister who came in her nightgown, and became stuck in the same manner.
  • One artist made a nightgown out of chemically-peeled skin.
  • He always had his nightgown half as long again as his body.
  • The fact that she is wearing a flowered nightgown somehow makes the image worse.
  • She prepares for him-she takes from her trousseau a sheer nightgown of white nylon and a matching negligee.
  • His fingers move, feeling my arm under the nightgown sleeve, as if his hand won't listen to reason.
  • Snuggled in her nightgown, she often sidles up to her home-office computer to surf the shopping sites.
  • He was pulling at the hem of my favorite nightgown.
  • She was still wearing her nightgown and had thrown a jacket over it to go into the shed area to answer the door.
British Dictionary definitions for nightgown


another name for nightdress
a man's nightshirt
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Word Origin and History for nightgown

also night-gown, c.1400, from night + gown.

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