\ 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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While Nick opted for an opulent navy tuxedo and bow tie, 36-year-old Priyanka sparkled in a black Ellie Saab Couture gown. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Got Their Tongues Out at the Oscars Vanity Fair Party," 25 Feb. 2019 Nina just walked down the 2019 Grammys red carpet solo in a nude full length gown. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Why Nina Dobrev Walked the 2019 Grammys Red Carpet Without Her New BF Grant Mellon," 11 Feb. 2019 Robert Montgomery is passed out, asleep on a gurney in a hospital gown. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "The Transplant Surgeon Needed a New Heart—Even if It Had Hepatitis C," 28 Jan. 2019 The The Favourite actress stepped out in a pale pink Louis Vuitton Atelier gown filled with silver beads that were draped in a way that resembled fish scales. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Emma Stone's Nude Golden Globes Dress Has the Internet Stunned," 7 Jan. 2019 Elaborate gowns were his forte, assembled in screaming color and sculptural shapes in his couture salon on the Via Sistina. Monica Kim, Vogue, "How an Italian-French Duo Is Bringing a Roman Couturier Into the 21st Century," 11 Mar. 2019 Just as Meghan Markle's wedding dresses went on display to the general public, Princess Eugenie's two stunning gowns are now part of an exhibition at Windsor Castle. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie Says Her Second Wedding Dress Was Inspired By Grace Kelly," 2 Mar. 2019 High-slit gowns have long been a staple of the Oscars red carpet since pretty much forever. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Regina King's 2019 Oscars Dress Has THE Sexiest Slit We've Ever Seen," 25 Feb. 2019 Jennifer Aniston to Clare Waight Keller, who designed Meghan Markle’s wedding gown, were among the stars and stylists who gathered for drinks and dinner at the fourth annual InStyle Awards Monday night at The Getty Center in Los Angeles. Lindsey Bahr, The Seattle Times, "Julia Roberts, Constance Wu celebrated at InStyle Awards," 23 Oct. 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.


\ 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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