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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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In the photos, Chopra can be seen wearing a stunning red wedding gown, which Cuttrell revealed was a custom Dior design. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra's Custom Red Dior Wedding Gown Is Exquisite," 28 Dec. 2018 During Kim Kardashian's legendary annual Christmas Eve party, Kendall wore a long, bright lime green off-the-shoulder gown. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Went Sled Riding in a Neon Green Gown," 26 Dec. 2018 Kendall Jenner wore a lime green floor-length gown, while Kourtney Kardashian stunned in green velvet. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "The 2018 Kardashian Christmas Party Was More Over-the-Top Kardashian Than Ever," 25 Dec. 2018 Clients wearing floor-skimming gowns at 10 a.m. linger in front of photographers, hoping to have their picture taken. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "How Designer Wes Gordon is Reimagining Carolina Herrera for the Next Generation," 6 Dec. 2018 Kristen Bell wore a classic white column gown from an unexpected brand, Solace London. Leanne Italie, The Seattle Times, "Tracee Ellis Ross leads parade of pink on Emmys carpet," 17 Sep. 2018 Louis wore the same christening gown used by his siblings — a lace and satin robe made by the queen's dresser, Angela Kelly, that is a replica of an 1841 robe made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter. Nardine Saad, latimes.com, "Britain's Prince Louis is christened in London," 9 July 2018 Wearing the same christening gown that George and Charlotte wore for their ceremonies, Prince Louis was christened on Monday at the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace in London. Maura Hohman, PEOPLE.com, "Princess Charlotte Just Debuted a Brand-New Hair Style — Featuring a Perfect Part!," 9 July 2018 The first baby to wear the new gown was James, Lady Louise's younger brother, in 2008. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Prince Louis wore the same christening gown as siblings George and Charlotte," 9 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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