noun \ˈgan\

: 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

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
:  the body of students and faculty of a college or university <rivalry between town and gown>
gown transitive verb

Examples of GOWN

  1. The bride wore a lovely lace wedding gown.
  2. <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

Rhymes with GOWN


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