a loose shirtlike garment reaching to the knees or lower, for wearing in bed.

1840–50; night + shirt Unabridged
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nightshirt (ˈnaɪtˌʃɜːt)
a loose knee-length or longer shirtlike garment worn in bed by men

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Example sentences
Then, still in his nightshirt, he went to his table and began working at a pile
  of papers.
He was in a nightshirt only, clutching a single eight-foot spear.
Her throat had been cut and her nightshirt was drenched in blood.
The nightshirt is embedded with fabric electronics to monitor the wearer's
  breathing patterns.
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