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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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Trump stood out standing next to British Prime Minister Theresa May, in a berry-red sleeveless sheath gown plus red pumps a bit higher than her usual kitten heels. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Melania Trump stuns in sweeping Grecian-goddess J. Mendel gown for dinner at Churchill's palace," 12 July 2018 The shadow of a witch materializes on a wall, which parts to reveal a glamorous, raven-haired woman (Rachel Oliveros Catalano) in an iridescent green gown. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "Review: A life told in tall tales; 'Big Fish' at the Chance Theater," 12 July 2018 Closing the show was model Adut Akech Bior in a striking marigold gown complete with a matching floral headpiece. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Gowns At Valentino's Couture Show Will Take Your Breath Away," 5 July 2018 Sadly, the cover itself features zero nips, but Camila still looked next-level stunning in a stripes-and-ruffles Valentino gown. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Riverdale's Camila Mendes Shows Off Her Nipples and Looks Hot AF," 3 July 2018 Baker could be seen wiping tears from her eyes in her seat as Ledisi powered through the iconic track, strutting across the stage in a black one-shoulder gown. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Ledisi Tributes Anita Baker With Soulful 'Sweet Love' Cover at the 2018 BET Awards," 24 June 2018 On Monday, actress Scarlett Johansson became the first star to wear the label again — on the highly visible Met Gala red carpet, no less, in a deep red gown with flower appliques. Jocelyn Novak, chicagotribune.com, "Harvey Weinstein's estranged wife breaks her silence, says she didn't know," 10 May 2018 The wedding ceremony took place above the garden at the Rosewood resort, where the bride wore a custom lace gown by Valentino. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kate Upton Is Pregnant With Her First Child," 14 July 2018 The pale gown by J. Mendel was made of chiffon, fitted in the ruched, off-the-shoulder bodice and falling from the waist in a princess-style sweep of faint pleats. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Melania Trump stuns in sweeping Grecian-goddess J. Mendel gown for dinner at Churchill's palace," 12 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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