\ 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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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 Alicia, a 24-year-old ballerina, dances on pointe from the limo to Matt in a full ball gown (don’t mind us watching this in our sweats from the couch). Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "'The Bachelor' recap: Matt James makes his TV debut in a night of franchise firsts, 8 sent home," 5 Jan. 2021 Where Temple Emanu-El, Dallas Attire Ms. Sibaja wore yellow Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers chosen by her daughter, Tova, who wore matching ones, with her Allison Webb wedding gown. New York Times, "The Road to This Wedding Was Paved With Theft, Lies, Tears, Other Marriages — and Forgiveness," 6 Dec. 2020 Lizzy made her debut to the sounds of Portuguese guitarists, in a Christos Costarellos gown. Shira Savada, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Pre-COVID Destination Wedding Has Us Dreaming of Traveling Again," 30 Dec. 2020 The 61-year-old actress arrived on site in a stunning red evening gown and a pair of construction boots. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Watch Allison Janney Smash Down a Door While Wearing an Evening Gown in "Celebrity IOU" Sneak Peek," 21 Dec. 2020 Tracee Ellis Ross stunned in a gold Valentino gown on Instagram. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Tracee Ellis Ross Stunned in a Glittering Valentino Gown," 17 Dec. 2020 Clarkson was wrapped up in a black-and-gold turtleneck gown while Eldredge stayed cozy in a red velvet suit jacket. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Kelly Clarkson & Brett Eldredge Meet for the First Time (!) to Perform Their 'Under the Mistletoe' Duet," 16 Dec. 2020 On a recent photoshoot for the cover of China's CR Fashion Book, Gomez was styled in a statement sequin gown designed by Richard Quinn, which was aptly paired with a glossy bright-red manicure that practically screams festive chic. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "This Is The Red Nail Polish Selena Gomez Actually Wears," 7 Dec. 2020 Her younger sister Olivia, the last family member to see her alive, wears a T-shirt depicting Yimel as an angel in a fabulous red gown. New York Times, "The Epicenter," 3 Dec. 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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18 Jan 2021

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“Gown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gown. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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