- The definition of a gown is a long, loose-fitting dress or robe.
- Your wedding dress is an example of a gown.
- Your long silky nightdress that you sleep in is an example of a gown.
- The black cloak you wear when you graduate from high school is an example of a gown.
A woman poses in her wedding gown.
- a long, loose outer garment; specif.,
- dressing gown
- a nightgown, nightshirt, etc.
- a cotton smock worn by a surgeon
- a flowing robe worn as a symbol of office or status by certain officials, members of the clergy, scholars, etc.
- a woman's long dress, esp. one that is elegant or formal
- the members of a college or university as distinct from the other residents of the community: conflicts between town and gown
Origin of gownMiddle English goune ; from Old French ; from Late Latin gunna, loose robe, origin, originally , fur cloak
- A long loose flowing garment, such as a robe or nightgown.
- A long, usually formal dress for a woman.
- A robe or smock worn in operating rooms and other parts of hospitals as a guard against contamination.
- A distinctive outer robe worn on ceremonial occasions, as by scholars or clerics.
- The faculty and student body of a university: perfect accord between town and gown.
transitive verbgowned, gown·ing, gowns
Origin of gownMiddle English goune, from Old French, from Late Latin gunna, leather garment.
- A loose, flowing upper garment.
- A woman's ordinary outer dress, such as a calico or silk gown.
- The official robe of certain professional men and scholars, such as university students and officers, barristers, judges, etc.
- The dress of civil officers, as opposed to military officers.
- (by metonymy) The university community.
- In the perennial town versus gown battles, townies win some violent battles, but the collegians are winning the war.
- A loose wrapper worn by gentlemen within doors; a dressing gown.
- Any sort of dress or garb.
- The robe worn by a surgeon.
(third-person singular simple present gowns, present participle gowning, simple past and past participle gowned)
Anglo-Norman gune, goune (“fur-trimmed coat, pelisse”), from Old French goune, from Late Latin gunna (“leather garment, a fur”), from Ancient Greek γούνα (goúna, “coarse garment”), of unknown origin. Perhaps from a Balkan language.