Definition of nightshirt in US English:



  • A long, loose shirt worn to bed.

    • ‘Upstairs in Scott's room Johnny was getting his brother out of his work clothes, into a nightshirt and settled in his bed.’
    • ‘I spread my arms wide for a moment, letting the drafts in my room play across my loose nightshirt and breeches.’
    • ‘She was wearing a long, powder-blue nightshirt.’
    • ‘Eventually we handed him over to two other footmen who appeared with their nightshirts tucked into their trousers, and my host was good enough to compliment me as he led the way outside.’
    • ‘He pulled on his trousers underneath his nightshirt.’
    • ‘Hitting the ground, she was running almost immediately, nightshirt flying about her flashing legs.’
    • ‘He was still wearing one of dad's old tee-shirts that served him for a nightshirt, his brown hair all tousled on his head.’
    • ‘In his arms he clutched a hand made stuffed animal that matched the soft green cotton breeches he wore and clashed horribly with the crème nightshirt that hung to his knees.’
    • ‘But after that adrenaline rush while still in my nightshirt, the rest of the day has been pretty uneventful.’
    • ‘She was curled up in a cozy little ball with her arms around her knees, nightshirt trailing beneath her like a ghostly shroud, not quite touching the floor.’
    • ‘I freed my arms and pushed myself up on my elbows, realizing with a start that I was dressed in a long, threadbare nightshirt.’
    • ‘But I was finally out of bed and standing barefoot on a smooth wooden floor in just a white knee-length nightshirt.’
    • ‘Of all the days they decide to wash my decent nightshirts, why now?’
    • ‘On the evening of Monday, October 27, 1879, Denn closed his shop, retired to his apartment next door, donned a nightshirt, and went to bed.’
    • ‘Renee was sitting on the bed, a stuffed Teddy Bear by her side, her hair washed and combed, a pink nightshirt replacing the hospital gown she'd worn the day before.’
    • ‘The torn cotton nightshirt sagged from his frame, hardly recognizable as clothing it was so ripped.’
    • ‘It made me realize that I was still in my nightshirt, the covers over my legs.’
    • ‘He was wearing a pair of pajama pants and a long sleeved nightshirt, both of which looked very warm.’
    • ‘Rolling off my bed, I padded across the floor wearing knee high stripped (pink and black) socks with my thigh length Care Bear nightshirt.’
    • ‘Inside the boardinghouse across the street Ben slipped a nightshirt, once white with purple stripes, but now dingy and pale from many washings, over Adam's head.’
    • ‘I felt cold in my ratty old nightshirt with the holes in it.’
    • ‘Her hair was in a damp bun, and she'd changed out of her nightshirt into jeans and a oversized t-shirt.’
    • ‘She was just plain old Kirby again, dressed in a red flannel nightshirt and shorts and scribbling furiously in her diary about the events of the evening.’
    • ‘He looked around on his weakened legs - he was dressed in a nightshirt and cloak whose colors fit him well.’
    • ‘Yanking his sheer, golden outfit off he threw it over a chair and pulled on a soft white cotton nightshirt with loose harem pants.’
    • ‘Then he took off the nightshirt and long underwear he wore, and pulled on the outfit Rose had given him.’
    • ‘I nodded and buried my head into his soft nightshirt.’
    • ‘The man, in nightshirt and nightcap, his splayed legs towards you, lies on a sheet pulled from the bed.’
    • ‘Staring at her for a few moments he tried to decide whether or not it would be a good idea to leave her in her jeans and sweatshirt or change her into one of her nightshirts.’
    • ‘I knocked on the door, which brought the owner of the house out dressed in a nightshirt and shawl and carrying what I took to be a lighted reed.’
    • ‘He tried to sit up, plucking absently at the loose blue and white striped nightshirt, rubbing at an eye as he looked round the room.’
    • ‘From the chest at the foot of my bed I unfolded a white cotton nightshirt and loose cotton pants that tied with a drawstring.’
    • ‘But only after you finish breakfast, and get clothed appropriately beyond nightshirts and such.’
    • ‘Ashlee looked down at her overly large nightshirt, and blushed.’
    • ‘Her slightly large nightshirt was slipping off one shoulder, her blonde curls all messed up.’
    • ‘She reached up onto the shelf and tried to get down the nightshirts.’
    • ‘He closed it, moving onto the next drawer, noticing that this one was full of extra long nightshirts.’
    • ‘He still wore the nightshirt, shawl, and cap that he'd worn when I'd first met him.’
    • ‘I pulled my worn out jacket closer, glad to have at least my long nightshirt under my thin sweater.’