\ 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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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 Hot off the heels of her Savage x FENTY runway show at New York Fashion Week, Rihanna wore a black Givenchy Haute Couture mermaid gown and pearl earrings. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Stars shine on red carpet at Rihanna's 2019 Diamond Ball," 13 Sep. 2019 Yichuan Sharon Peng’s costumes – especially Reno Sweeney’s flashy gowns and the authentic-looking sailor suits — are solid. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "On Stage: Acting performances standout in ‘Anything Goes’," 12 Sep. 2019 And so four nights a week, through six shows, each with five costume changes, Darcelle goes all the way: full makeup, ornate often heavy gowns and big jewelry. oregonlive, "Darcelle is finally having her Portland moment," 10 Sep. 2019 The players are silent, looking up at a weary, grizzled figure wearing a white gown and red Liberty baseball cap. Los Angeles Times, "Look out Notre Dame, the Falwells have big plans for Liberty football," 27 Aug. 2019 Now locals come to the 400 or so stores that line the street for discounted clothes, dollar store bric-a-brac, candy, wigs, poufy prom gowns, and wedding dresses for brides who enjoy sparkling like a rhinestone disco ball on their big day. Christopher Muther, BostonGlobe.com, "Big changes in a petite Montreal neighborhood," 21 Aug. 2019 The 18-year-old wore a maroon gown and matching cap, a yellow sash draped over his shoulders. John Woodrow Cox, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland teen gunned down at home six days before heading to Bowie State: ‘This was a martyr’s death’," 19 Aug. 2019 The 18-year-old wore a maroon gown and matching cap, a yellow sash draped over his shoulders. Washington Post, "‘A shining light’: Maryland teen gunned down at home six days before heading to college," 18 Aug. 2019 The senior does not like hospital gowns and staff at the Abington of Glenview facility were reportedly aware of her aversion. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Nursing home workers accused of taunting 91-year-old woman with dementia in Snapchat video," 12 Aug. 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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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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