from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A nightgown.
  • n. A head-dress, apparently a kind of cap or veil, worn in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.


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  • Does it not look as if she would have been an useful creature in the days of nightrail and notableness, had she been a wife in good time?

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • Jack instantly panned his gaze over her, taking in the soft folds of her nightrail, the plaid shirt that sagged off her gently sloping shoulders … and the fall of her wealth of hair.


  • The cloak was of the latest mode, very wide and open at the neck and shoulders, and beneath the mantle I caught more than a glimpse of the laced white nightrail and the fine sloping neck.

    A Daughter of Raasay A Tale of the '45

  • He was not an imposing figure in his nightrail, and by the light of the carefully shaded candle he held in his hand I saw that he had hitherto deceived me in the matter of his calves.

    The Crossing

  • He made a sweeping bow that might have been impressive save for the nightrail, and sought my hand, which he grasped in a fold of the mosquito bar.

    The Crossing

  • It must have been delirium, for the figure he saw wore an ordinary nightrail, whereas the lady of the legend wore a russet gown.

    The Admirable Tinker Child of the World

  • For instance, I got up this morning at ten, with Selwyn visited Lady Dapperwit while she was drinking coffee in her nightrail, talked a vast deal of scandal with her, strolled in the park with Fritz, from there to White's in a sedan, two hours at lunch, and an hour with you for the good of my soul. "

    A Daughter of Raasay A Tale of the '45


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