\ 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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That may also explain why seeing clearly mentally ill people stumbling around our sidewalks in hospital gowns and ID bracelets is sadly not uncommon. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "Why are more mentally ill people wandering SF streets? Report gives answers," 30 July 2019 The contestants in the beauty pageant sashayed in red bathing suits, paraded across the stage in evening gowns with plunging necklines and answered questions about climate change and human rights. Washington Post, "Mexico crowns transgender beauty queen in bid for acceptance," 30 July 2019 Queen Bey also attended the event decked out in Lorraine Schwartz diamonds, pairing the jeweler's earrings and rings with a glorious custom Cong Tri gown. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Meghan Made an Elegant Update to Her Go-To Earrings," 16 July 2019 Combat boots are paired with gowns that have vines of flowers protruding out of them. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Stars in Prada's Fall Winter 2019 Campaign Video," 9 July 2019 Her garments have nothing to do with the traditional Japanese gown of the same name. Catherine Kim, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Your Vox guide to the first debate," 27 June 2019 Shriver paired her veil with a lace wedding gown featuring a matching high collar, illusion neckline, voluminous sleeves and fully pleated skirt. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Katherine Schwarzenegger Wore Mom Maria Shriver's Wedding Veil to Marry Chris Pratt," 13 June 2019 Surrounded by family and friends cheering them on, the Class of 2019 descended on Moyse Field for the school’s 116th commencement ceremony, decked out in red and black graduation gowns. Andy Nguyen, latimes.com, "Glendale High seniors ready to tackle life after graduation," 12 June 2019 Parks started working for Vogue magazine in the 1940s, shooting ladies in evening gowns. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "The uncommon power of Gordon Parks," 10 June 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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