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Geneva gown

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  1. a loose, large-sleeved, black preaching gown worn by members of the Protestant clergy: so named from its use by the Calvinist clergy of Geneva, Switzerland.

Origin of Geneva gown

First recorded in 1810–20
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British Dictionary definitions for geneva gown

Geneva gown

  1. a long loose black gown with very wide sleeves worn by academics or Protestant clerics

Word Origin

C19: named after Geneva; see Geneva bands
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