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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
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

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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 So last week—November 13, to be exact—the issue of Vogue that has Harry Styles on the cover in a ball gown came out (click here for pics). Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Fans Defend Harry Styles After Trolls Call His Vogue Dress Shoot an ‘Attack’ on ‘Manly Men’," 16 Nov. 2020 The dress designers hid an 18-karat gold horseshoe in the gown’s label for good luck. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "14 Fun Facts About Princess Diana’s Wedding," 13 Nov. 2020 Often made at home from cotton, silk or wool, they could be accessed through openings in the gown. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "The Things They Carried," 13 Nov. 2020 In a floor-length gown from Erdem’s pre-fall 2020 collection, Monoghan dazzled during an Instagram Live with pal Aaron Paul. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Week, The Best Dressed Stars Found Glamour for All Occasions," 2 Nov. 2020 While presenting the award for outstanding directing for a drama series, Cox stunned in a semi-sheer black gown by Kim Kassas Couture. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Emmys 2020: Regina King, Zendaya, more favorite looks, from virtual red-carpet glam to loungewear," 21 Sep. 2020 Family members marched into the church behind a young woman in a sparkling blue ball gown to celebrate her quinceañera. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Latino voters could make a difference in national and North Texas races," 3 Nov. 2020 Nicky apparently made a painting, which @Team_Trump45 posted, of a woman in a blue gown with a cape billowing behind her that looked like a starry sky. Max Kutner, Wired, "@Team_Trump45 and the Hazards of Online Sleuthing," 29 Oct. 2020 In one of the photos, the musician posed in a beautiful off-the-shoulder evening gown. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Adele Shares Previously Unseen Photos to Celebrate Nicole Richie's Birthday," 27 Sep. 2020

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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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25 Nov 2020

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“Gown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gown. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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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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