- 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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- a long loose black gown with very wide sleeves worn by academics or Protestant clerics
C19: named after Geneva; see Geneva bands
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