\ 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
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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gown transitive verb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web But while the rest of his classmates were gathering outside Alumni Stadium in their caps and gowns, Urtula was at the Renaissance parking garage on Columbus Avenue exchanging what would be his last texts with You. BostonGlobe.com, "the texts provided to the Globe," 20 Nov. 2019 Emily, dressed in her date-with-death gown, attempts to bargain with him for Ben’s life. Kristin Vartan, EW.com, "The Dickinson recap binge guide: Episodes 1-10," 11 Nov. 2019 In a photo posted with the fundraiser, the boy is smiling and dressed in a blue graduation cap and gown. Nicole Soto, azcentral, "Glendale Police seek public's help after a 14-year-old boy was fatally stabbed in front of his home," 10 Nov. 2019 Kelly traveled to Italy to find just the right lace, carrying the miniature gown in a large handbag, before bringing in back to the U.K. to hand dye it. Monique Jessen, PEOPLE.com, "The Queen’s Dressmaker Reveals Royal Christening Gown Was Hand-Dyed in Tea!," 28 Oct. 2019 That's right: Jennifer Lopez walked the runway at Versace's spring 2020 show wearing a reimagined version of that Versace gown, in honor of the jungle print's 20th anniversary. Ana Colon, Allure, "Jennifer Lopez Just Walked the Versace Runway — Wearing That Versace Dress," 21 Sep. 2019 Then, the 24-year-old bride, who did not really like the gown in the first place, snubbed the seamstress. Gillian Brockell, chicagotribune.com, "Jackie Kennedy’s fairy-tale wedding was a nightmare for her dress designer," 29 Aug. 2019 However, the Guardians of the Galaxy star did take to Instagram on Sunday to share one adorable, special snap from his and Katherine’s wedding, revealing his new wife’s stunning bridal gown in all its glory. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Chris Pratt Just Gave the First Look at Katherine Schwarzenegger's Wedding Dress," 10 June 2019 The off-the-shoulder velvet gown was paired with a sapphire, diamond and pearl choker necklace and sapphire and diamond earrings. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "The iconic dress Princess Diana wore to dance with John Travolta up for auction," 19 Nov. 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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The first known use of gown was in the 14th century

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8 Dec 2019

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“Gown.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gown?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=g&file=gown0001. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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