nightshirt

[nahyt-shurt]

noun

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

Origin of nightshirt

First recorded in 1840–50; night + shirt
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Contemporary Examples of nightshirt

Historical Examples of nightshirt

  • The loaf was thoughtfully wrapped up in a nightshirt to preserve it from the effect of sun and salt water.

  • Jesse snatched off the wreck of his nightshirt and twisted it into a cord, running it through the belt of Reuben's breeches.

    Wilderness of Spring

    Edgar Pangborn

  • He rang the bell and finally produced from an upper window a nightshirt topped by a frowsy head.

    Excuse Me!

    Rupert Hughes

  • Ben found his mother and Jesse Plum in the hall, Jesse swinging his gaunt arms, one bare, the other trailing a wisp of nightshirt.

    Wilderness of Spring

    Edgar Pangborn

  • The fire takes the place of nightshirt, pyjamas, or blanket—a poor substitute on a cold night!

    Spinifex and Sand

    David W Carnegie



British Dictionary definitions for nightshirt

nightshirt

noun

a loose knee-length or longer shirtlike garment worn in bed by men
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