\ 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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Dressed in colorful formal gowns topped with tiaras, the women were all smiles during their visit to Stockholm. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Royals from Around the World Are Gathering This Weekend for Princess Ingrid Alexandra's Confirmation," 30 Aug. 2019 In 2015, a feature movie about the experiment was released, with posters showing sunglass-wearing guards throwing inmates, dressed in hospital gowns and nylon sleeping caps, up against the wall, forearms pressed against their necks. Noam Cohen, WIRED, "Beware the Epiphany-Industrial Complex," 19 Aug. 2019 This past week, celebrities from around the world were hitting the Cannes red carpet—more often than not, drowning in feathered gowns, the trains of which required a veritable army of assistants to handle. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Helen Mirren Debuts Pink Hair on the Cannes Red Carpet," 28 May 2019 Newton and Parker took the red carpet by storm in complementary red and green velvet gowns. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Thandie Newton and Her 14-Year-Old Daughter Nico Parker Basically Look Like Twins," 12 Mar. 2019 From the Kardashian-Jenner Christmas Eve party that featured sled riding in gowns to a night of gingerbread decorating with Bella Hadid and The Weeknd, the festivities during the 2018 holiday season sure looked sweet. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "How Celebrities Including Demi Lovato, BTS, Ariana Grande, and Kylie Jenner Spent Christmas," 26 Dec. 2018 Rih stepped out in a Givenchy Haute Couture gown from Claire Waight Keller's Fall 2019 collection, sending jaws falling to the floor. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Looked Like a Work of Art in a Givenchy Haute Couture Gown at the Diamond Ball," 13 Sep. 2019 Among his more stunning photographs was one of an elegant Jacqueline Kennedy in a gown lighting candles at a formal dinner table in Georgetown in 1954. New York Times, "Orlando Suero, 94, Dies; Photographed Notables, Including the Kennedys," 27 Aug. 2019 The royal is seen sporting an affordable, off-the-rack garment nearly as often as she's photographed in a designer gown. Sarah Madaus, Town & Country, "Queen Letizia Just Stepped Out In The Perfect Summer Jumpsuit," 2 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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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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