: a loose flowing outer garment formerly worn by men
: a distinctive robe worn by a professional or academic person
: a woman's dress
: 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 in a Sentence

The bride wore a lovely lace wedding gown. a shopping trip for the express purpose of finding the perfect gown for the wedding
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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French gune, goune, from Late Latin gunna, a fur or leather garment

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of gown was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near gown

Cite this Entry

“Gown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gown. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: an official robe worn especially by a judge, a member of the clergy, or a teacher
: a woman's dress
especially : one suitable for afternoon or evening wear
: a loose robe (as a dressing gown or a nightgown)
gown verb

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