A nightgown (also called a nightdress) is a loosely hanging item of nightwear. Nowadays the term is almost exclusively applied to women's nightwear. A nightgown is typically made from cotton, silk, satin, or nylon. It may be decorated with lace appliques or embroidery at the bust and hem.

A nightgown may have any neckline, and may have sleeves of any type, or be sleeveless, and any shoulder strap or back style. The length of a nightgown may vary from hip-length to floor-length although it is typically knee-length. A short nightgown is often called a nightie. A slip nightgown may be used as a nightgown or as a full slip. A shortie nightgown is a functional short nightgown (often just a long or short T-shirt).

Panties (referred to as knickers in the United Kingdom) are sometimes worn under the nightgown. A nightgown is often worn with a matching outer garment, a robe, sheer chiffon peignoir or dressing gown.


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  • nightgown — (n.) also night gown, c.1400, from NIGHT (Cf. night) + GOWN (Cf. gown) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • nightgown — [nīt′goun΄] n. 1. a loose gown worn in bed by women or girls 2. NIGHTSHIRT 3. Obs. a dressing gown …   English World dictionary

  • nightgown — UK [ˈnaɪtˌɡaʊn] / US noun [countable] Word forms nightgown : singular nightgown plural nightgowns old fashioned a nightdress …   English dictionary

  • nightgown — nightclothes ightclothes n. garments designed to be worn in bed, such as {pyjamas}, a {nightgown}, etc. Syn: nightwear. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • nightgown — noun Date: 14th century 1. archaic dressing gown 2. a loose garment for wear in bed …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nightgown — /nuyt gown /, n. 1. a loose gown, worn in bed by women or children. 2. Archaic. a dressing gown. [1350 1400; ME; see NIGHT, GOWN] * * * …   Universalium

  • nightgown — noun A garment mainly worn by women for sleeping in …   Wiktionary

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