\ 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
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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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
Recent Examples on the Web One gown sparkled brighter than the more than the one before. Kate Stone Lombardi, Good Housekeeping, "Wedding Dress Shopping Was a Magical Mother-Daughter Moment — Now the Wedding Is Postponed," 25 June 2020 The newlyweds left the Logan Hotel, Kerry-Anne in her white gown and Michael in his tux, and were greeted by thousands of protesters, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Couple celebrates wedding among thousands of protesters in Philadelphia," 8 June 2020 One young woman posed in front of it wearing her graduation gown. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "A George Floyd Portrait Springs Up as a Memorial in Minneapolis," 4 June 2020 Other photos show Bennett wearing a golden gown, cradling their bundle of joy, who is in a matching outfit. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, "Usain Bolt shares first pictures of his baby daughter, revealing a name fit for a champion," 8 July 2020 Other photos show Bennett wearing a golden gown, holding Olympia in a matching outfit. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Meet Olympia Lightning! Usain Bolt Shares Adorable First Photos of Daughter, Reveals Cute Name," 7 July 2020 The actress served modern ballet glam in a custom tea-length Alexander Wang wedding gown. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Zoë Kravitz and Karl Glusman Profess Their Love Celebrating Their First Year Of Marriage," 30 June 2020 Mason shows us the iconic photo from those protests of Deveonte Joseph (below left), in his cap and gown, struggling for dignity. National Geographic, "Gordon Parks and today's protests," 26 June 2020 According to experts, all patients and staff must be wearing a mask at all times, and the provider should be wearing extra personal protective equipment (PPE), including a face shield, gown, and gloves. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Is It Safe To Get Botox Again?," 24 June 2020

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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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9 Aug 2020

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“Gown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gown. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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