\ 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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gown transitive verb

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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 Winslet's Oscars gown was custom-made for her by Alexander McQueen, then head designer at Givenchy. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 23 July 2021 Autographed photos of famous guests and residents covered the walls—Duke Ellington, Richard Wright, Ella Fitzgerald in a ball gown, long white gloves up to her elbows. Colson Whitehead, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 That memeable yellow gown will not be on view in San Francisco, where the focus is more on how the personal mingles with the historical. Vogue, 15 July 2021 Well, a little easter egg: that wedding gown is indicative of where [Kate and Phillip] get married. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, 26 May 2021 The gown will be on show at Kensington Palace for the first time in 25 years, HRP added. Rob Picheta, CNN, 27 Apr. 2021 Perhaps the minimal, less exorbitant gown is a cooler, more contemporary look anyway. Rory Satran, WSJ, 5 Dec. 2020 On the page, the gown in the portrait is white, but here it's converted to red velvet. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 22 Oct. 2020 The wedding gown of this era was long, full and most probably overdone. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 4 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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29 Jul 2021

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“Gown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gown. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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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