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[nahyt-shurt] /ˈnaɪtˌʃɜrt/
a loose shirtlike garment reaching to the knees or lower, for wearing in bed.
Origin of nightshirt
First recorded in 1840-50; night + shirt Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And he started forth up the garden in his nightshirt and Norfolk jacket.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
  • At sight of me in my nightshirt Pugh began to shake his head.

  • He stood over me, man of all the luxuries that he was, in his nightshirt.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • With the left hand he clutched the covers, with the right his nightshirt, just back of the neck.

    The Varmint Owen Johnson
  • No doubt this was his nightshirt—a durable garment, but irritating to the skin.

    Yonder Emily Hilda Young
  • There stood Tod, his nightshirt white as snow in the moonlight.

  • I sprang from my bed, and ran in my nightshirt to open the window.

  • Frank laughed, and Willy laughed, "and that fellow in his nightshirt fishing you out!"

    Spring Days George Moore
British Dictionary definitions for nightshirt


a loose knee-length or longer shirtlike garment worn in bed by men
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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