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cap and gown

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  1. a ceremonial mortarboard and gown worn by faculty, students, etc., as at commencement.

Origin of cap and gown

First recorded in 1855–60
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Historical Examples

  • And there is nothing supercilious in the invitation of the cap-and-gown brigade to the young men to come up higher.

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • Not the least of these is the consideration whether the cap-and-gown habit is becoming.

Idioms and Phrases with cap and gown

cap and gown

Ceremonial dress worn at graduation exercises; by extension, the academic community (also see town and gown. For example, Mary was very proud) when she received her cap and gown for commencement. [Mid-1800s]

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