\ ˈgau̇n How to pronounce gown (audio) \

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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Dangerous bacteria that pose a particular threat to the elderly and very sick hospital patients have been shown to survive on disposable hospital gowns and stainless steel surfaces — even after they're scrubbed clean. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Dangerous bacteria can survive disinfectant, putting patients at risk," 12 July 2019 Wearing a white gown and a crown of flowers, the May Queen is a walking symbol. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "How Midsommar's May Queen Scene Connects To A Real Swedish Legend," 5 July 2019 For that wedding, Kloss wore the traditional gown and veil. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Because of Sophie Turner, Karlie Kloss and Zoe Kravitz, expect more brides to follow this contentious wedding trend," 3 July 2019 About 50 people dressed in glittery gowns and tuxedos gathered at the Dannon Project on Fifth Avenue North for the second annual TAKE Resource Center LGBTQ+ Community Awards and Gala. al.com, "Transgender advocacy group celebrates Stonewall with Birmingham gala," 29 June 2019 Tiger print and a princess ball gown and lots of fringe. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Jennifer Lopez brings the ‘Party’ to Houston," 26 June 2019 Only $245,000 was raised in a sale of 6,000 gowns and other Alfred Angelo property at a Deerfield Beach warehouse. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "‘Alfred Angelo’ bridal dresses are back online ... now from a Chinese company," 17 June 2019 And, of course, the outfits look slightly different – which means my daughter is going to want new gowns and action figures. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, "There's a 'Frozen 2' poster and now we definitely have to buy new princess gowns," 10 June 2019 In the past several years, activists have adopted its signature costumes—blood red gowns and white bonnets—as protest attire. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Kylie Jenner just gave “The Handmaid’s Tale” an ill-conceived makeover," 10 June 2019

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

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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.


\ ˈgau̇n How to pronounce gown (audio) \

Kids Definition of gown

1 : a dress suitable for special occasions
2 : a loose robe graduation gown

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