green gown


Definition of green gown

: a gown symbolically acquired at illicit loss of virginity many a green gown has been given, many a kiss, both odd and even— Robert Herrick †1674

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First Known Use of green gown

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for green gown

so called from the grass stains traditionally acquired when illicit love is made

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“Green gown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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