Definition of gown
1a : a loose flowing outer garment formerly worn by menb : a distinctive robe worn by a professional or academic personc : a woman's dressd (1) : dressing gown (2) : nightgowne : a coverall worn in an operating room
2 : the body of students and faculty of a college or university rivalry between town and gown
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 of gown from the Web
Throw your graduation gown over your baseball uniform and accept your diploma.
During the special ceremony, seniors donned their caps and gowns while forming a human tunnel for fifth-graders to run underneath as their parents and teachers cheered them on from the sidelines.
On a recent day, weeks before Barrington High School's graduation ceremony, commencement speaker and teacher Bill Palmer paused and pointed to a red graduation cap and gown hanging on a coat-rack in his classroom.
This week, Ruiz, who is particularly known for his evening gowns, will be showing his 2018 resort collection, a mix of evening and fine sports wear for resorts in Miami.
The Cannes Film Festival red carpet was in full swing last week, and my eye was drawn to these three beautiful gowns in pale, silvery shades of blue-gray.
Bowie State University officials draped a graduation gown over a chair at commencement, creating a poignant tribute to a slain graduating senior that people are sharing online.
Bacon, who is 34, wore a wispy white gown that wafted after her, with a thick untied braid trailing over her left shoulder.
Backstage shots have shown Cruz dressed in a Donatella-esque black leather ensemble and bodycon red dress, but this pink gown appears to be her hottest one yet.
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Origin and Etymology of gown
Middle English, from Anglo-French gune, goune, from Late Latin gunna, a fur or leather garment
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
GOWN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gown for English Language Learners
: 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.
GOWN Defined for Kids
Definition of gown for Students
1 : a dress suitable for special occasions
2 : a loose robe graduation gown
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