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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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Drag queens dressed in evening gowns covered in sequins and rhinestone tiaras that shimmered in the sun. Morgan Cook, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'Rights are easy to lose': San Diego Pride Parade calls for persistence in fight for equality," 14 July 2018 After Noa and Ross walked down the aisle flanked by their parents, April Hail, Ross’s senior prom date, officiated while six months pregnant in a custom pale mint green chiffon Grecian gown designed by Kini Zamora. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Inside a Greenery-Filled Hawaiian Wedding—Where the Bridesmaids Wore Power Suits," 13 July 2018 Despite the occasional creak, the play’s wit and complex characters, as well as a couple of terrific 1920s gowns, are a treat. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "12 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 The most standout feature of Meghan Markle's custom Givenchy wedding gown was its bateau neckline—a more conservative look compared to Kate Middleton's lacey, deep-V neckline. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Boatneck Neckline Is Officially Meghan Markle's Signature," 11 July 2018 In addition to the cake, Prince Louis’ christening gown was also recycled. Maura Hohman, ajc, "Why Kate and William served 7-year-old cake at Prince Louis' christening," 11 July 2018 Among the Miss Ramona contestants participating in the evening gown competition was Kamryn Jordan, an aspiring veterinarian. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Megan Kelly crowned 2018 Miss Ramona," 10 July 2018 According to Town&Country, the inspiration for the gown’s design came from Queen Victoria’s wedding dress. Stacey Leasca, Southern Living, "The Long, Storied History Behind Prince Louis’s Christening Gown," 10 July 2018 The silhouette first made an appearance with her wedding dress, a custom Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy gown. refinery29.com, "Wait, So Who Made Meghan Markle’s Beloved Boat Neck Famous?," 10 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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