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