Definition of gown
- rivalry between town and gown
The bride wore a lovely lace wedding gown.
a shopping trip for the express purpose of finding the perfect gown for the wedding
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gown.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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.
What made you want to look up gown? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
Confusing Words—A Quiz