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

Origin of nightgown

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at night, gown Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for nightgown

lingerie, pajamas, negligee, nightdress, sleeper, nightshirt, nightie, PJs

Examples from the Web for nightgown

Contemporary Examples of nightgown

Historical Examples of nightgown

  • Here's a woman who came in in a nightgown and pair of slippers.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • She thoughtfully held up and surveyed a tiny infant's nightgown.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • "I haven't got any nightgown," called a voice from the other room.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • She undressed Glorianna, but she got her nightgown on upside down.

  • She has on only her nightgown and a wrapper over it; her bare feet are thrust into slippers.

    The First and The Last

    John Galsworthy

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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