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

First recorded in 1840–50; night + shirt
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for nightshirt

lingerie, pajamas, negligee, nightdress, sleeper, nightshirt, nightie, nightwear, jammies, loungewear, PJs

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Contemporary Examples of nightshirt

Historical Examples of nightshirt

  • 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.


    Emily Hilda Young

British Dictionary definitions for nightshirt


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