Simple Definition of gown
: a long, formal dress that a woman wears especially during a special event
: a loose piece of clothing that covers most of the body
: a loose piece of clothing that is worn over other clothes during an official event by a judge, a priest, a student, etc.
Full Definition of gown
1 a : a loose flowing outer garment formerly worn by men b : a distinctive robe worn by a professional or academic person c : a woman's dress d (1) : dressing gown (2) : nightgown e : a coverall worn in an operating room
2 : the body of students and faculty of a college or university <rivalry between town and gown>
Examples of gown
The bride wore a lovely lace wedding gown.
<a shopping trip for the express purpose of finding the perfect gown for the wedding>
Origin of gown
Middle English, from Anglo-French gune, goune, from Late Latin gunna, a fur or leather garment
First Known Use: 14th century
GOWN Defined for Kids
Definition of gown
1 : a dress suitable for special occasions
2 : a loose robe <graduation gown>
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