from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an article of women's clothing for the upper body, usually thigh-length and wrapping or tying in front; a bedjacket
  • n. a nightgown

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A nightgown.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A night-gown or night-dress.
  • n. A kind of jacket like a dressing-sack, usually of printed calico, worn in Scotland by women of the working-class, generally together with a drugget or colored flannel petticoat. Also called short-gown.


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  • She was dressed in a short, coarse serge petticoat, with what is called a bedgown over it; the bedgown was made of striped calico, yellow and red, and was tied in at the waist with a broad band of the same.

    Light O' the Morning

  • I needn't have worried; when I'd done, she sat for a moment, fingering the tassels on her gaudy bedgown, and then says:


  • I pulled on a bedgown, and picking up candle and dirk, made my way to the stair.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • This noble Venetian Dame then exhibited, beneath an old white satin bedgown, made to cover her arms and breast, the dress in which she had equipped herself, between the acts, to be ready for trampling home; namely, a dirty red and white linen gown, an old blue stuff quilted coat, and black shoes and stockings.


  • And there sat by the empty fireplace, which was filled with a pot of sweet herbs, the nicest old woman that ever was seen, in her red petticoat, and short dimity bedgown, and clean white cap, with

    The Water Babies

  • Mr Pitt in a nightcap and bedgown, and without his boots, represented the poet Cowper with perfect exactness; and Mary Queen of

    The Old Curiosity Shop

  • “And I told our young friend that I thought he had better have been on his way to church than there in his bedgown.”

    The Virginians

  • The ladies came first to their chocolate: them Mr. Will joined in his court suit; finally, my lord appeared, languid, in his bedgown and nightcap, having not yet assumed his wig for the day.

    The Virginians

  • The next morning Mr. Warrington, arrayed in his brocade bedgown, took his breakfast, read the newspaper, and enjoyed his ease in his inn.

    The Virginians

  • There is the good old loose, easy, slovenly bedgown, laziness, for example.

    Roundabout Papers


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