AskDefine | Define nightgown

Dictionary Definition

nightgown n : lingerie consisting of a loose dress designed to be worn in bed by women [syn: nightie, night-robe, nightdress]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A garment mainly worn by women for sleeping in.

Extensive Definition

A nightgown (also called a nightdress) is a loosely hanging item of nightwear nowadays mostly for women. Its length may vary from hip-length (babydoll) to floor-length (negligee) but is typically knee-length.
A nightgown is manufactured of e.g. cotton, silk, satin, or nylon. It may be decorated with lace appliques or embroidery at cups and hem. Optionally, panties (UK - knickers) are worn under the nightgown (nightdress).
A short nightgown is often called nightie. A slip nightgown may be used as a nightgown or as a full slip.
Worn often with a matching outer garment, a robe, sheer chiffon peignoir or dressing gown.

See also

nightgown in German: Nachthemd
nightgown in Spanish: Camisón
nightgown in Estonian: Öösärk
nightgown in French: Chemise de nuit
nightgown in Dutch: Nachthemd
nightgown in Portuguese: Camisola
nightgown in Swedish: Nattlinne
nightgown in Yiddish: נאכט העמד
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