bedjacket

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bed +‎ jacket

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bedjacket (plural bedjackets)

  1. A short jacket worn when sitting up in bed, usually by women.
    • 1944, Emily Carr, The House of All Sorts, Toronto: Clarke, Irwin & Co., 1971, “Sham,” p. 77,[1]
      She hauled the bed from her room out into the middle of the Studio before the open fire and lay there in state, done up in fancy bed-jackets, smoking innumerable cigarettes and entertaining anybody whom she could persuade to visit.
    • 1993, Carol Shields, The Stone Diaries, Toronto: Random House of Canada, Chapter 9, p. 331,[2]
      Oh dear, dear!—you know you’re sick when someone sends you a bedjacket instead of bath powder or a nice travel book. A bedjacket is almost as antiquated as a bustle or a dress shield. A bedjacket speaks of desperation, and what it says is: toodle-oo.

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