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Definition of gown 

1a : 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

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Other Words from gown

gown transitive verb

Synonyms for gown


dress, frock

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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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While there aren't any details about the actual plot, we're bound to get another hour and a half of priceless Dowager Countess snark, gorgeous Edwardian gowns, and Crawley family drama. Emily Wang, Glamour, "A Downton Abbey Movie Is Happening With the Original Cast," 13 July 2018 The most important steps may be the low-tech ones that are hardest to enforce routinely: wearing gloves, wearing gowns, washing hands. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast," 13 July 2018 After Melania debuted the gown, several took to Twitter to gush about the outfit, even comparing the first last to a Disney princess. Fox News, "Melania Trump praised for J. Mendel gown: 'She looks like a princess'," 12 July 2018 Star Vasha squeezes into a shimmering yellow gown, wrists draped in strings of pearls. NBC News, "On stage, Russian drag stars leave fears behind," 10 July 2018 While Christy’s second Maticevski gown, Balenciaga earring and Acne heels might have suggested otherwise, the couple’s rehearsal gathering was intentionally low-key. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Bridal Shop Owner Wore Five Different Dresses for her Palm Springs Wedding," 10 July 2018 Kate Middleton, meanwhile, matched her outfit to Prince Louis's christening gown (the same one that Princess Charlotte and Prince George wore for their big debuts in the Church of England) in a white Alexander McQueen dress and fascinator. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Princess Charlotte Switched Her Hair to a Middle Part and It Looks Utterly Adorable," 9 July 2018 Prince Louis reportedly wore an ivory Honiton lace christening gown, the same one his siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte wore. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Has Worn Alexander McQueen to All of Her Children's Christenings," 9 July 2018 Five monarchs have been baptized in the gown, beginning with Victoria and Albert's first son, the future Edward VII. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Prince Louis's Christening Dress Has a Fascinating History," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of gown

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

History and Etymology for gown

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

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English Language Learners 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.


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Kids Definition of gown

1 : a dress suitable for special occasions

2 : a loose robe graduation gown

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