\ 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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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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Lana walked the pink carpet in a huge fairy-like gown, constructed of light pink tool. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Lana Condor's 2019 Met Gala Dress Was So Big She Lost Her Phone In It," 7 May 2019 On the red carpet, guests twirled in ball gowns, arrived on the shoulders of male models, and even switched outfits in front of the paparazzi. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "The 21 Best-Dressed Guests at the 2019 Met Gala After-Parties," 7 May 2019 The collection includes wedding day essentials, like bridal gowns, lingerie, accessories, bridesmaid and guest dresses, all with plus-size bodies in mind. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Torrid Has Launched a New Wedding Dress Collection—and Everything Is Under $200," 11 Apr. 2019 One of them, in a long-sleeved, figure-hugging sequined gown, was Lauren Sanchez, the former TV anchor the world didn’t yet know was Bezos’s new girlfriend. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Billion Dollar Divorces: What Happens When the Super Wealthy Risk Everything for Love on the Down-Low," 10 Apr. 2019 But, aside from all of the red carpet gowns and prestigious accolades, was anyone else just really excited to see Emma Stone and her new boyfriend hanging out together? 'Cos same here. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Emma Stone and New Boyfriend Dave McCary Made a Rare Appearance at the SAG Awards," 28 Jan. 2019 Honoree Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative director of Valentino, was flanked by supermodel Naomi Campbell in a strikingly elegant gold gown. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "See Taylor Swift and All the Celebrities Who Attended the Time 100 Gala," 24 Apr. 2019 Luna looked precious dressed in a yellow gown inspired by Belle from Beauty and the Beast for a breakfast at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Celebrated Luna's Birthday at Disneyland and We Have FOMO," 15 Apr. 2019 At the Golden Globes last month, Gaga stunned in an elegant blue Valentino Couture gown with a glittering diamond necklace. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Lady Gaga Wears a Black Gown and the Legendary 128 Carat Tiffany Diamond to the 2019 Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019

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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.


\ ˈgau̇n How to pronounce gown (audio) \

Kids Definition of gown

1 : a dress suitable for special occasions
2 : a loose robe graduation gown

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