a loose gown, worn in bed by women or children.
Archaic. a dressing gown.

1350–1400; Middle English; see night, gown Unabridged
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nightgown (ˈnaɪtˌɡaʊn)
1.  another name for nightdress
2.  a man's nightshirt

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Example sentences
The nightgown catches, and begins a slow, steady burn.
He always had his nightgown half as long again as his body.
His fingers move, feeling my arm under the nightgown sleeve, as if his hand won't listen to reason.
She yelled for her sister who came in her nightgown, and became stuck in the
  same manner.
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