While caring for patients, clinical staff is heavily robed with gown and apron; three pairs of gloves; a hood; and goggles.
Forget the guest list, the price tag, the menu—the wedding detail everyone wants to know is who'll design her gown.
But then she wore an Alexander McQueen gown to the State Dinner in honor of China.
And Ariel, of The Little Mermaid, has exchanged her wide-eyed innocence for a cleavage-baring Marchesa gown and a suggestive pose.
Her lavender Alexander McQueen gown, for instance, struck a fine note on the red carpet in Los Angeles.
"I spoke of the gown," said Young Islay (and he had not yet seen it, it might have been red or blue for all he could tell).
His clothes were bad, but in his cap and gown he was fair indeed.
As I stood by his bed the next day, I was wondering if he had not seen his mother's texts, as well as the bit of her gown.
The plainest burgher of them, in his cap and gown, had a taste in the matter!
I should not think Mrs. Livingston would permit her to parade about in that gown.
c.1300, from Old French goune "robe, coat, habit, gown," from Late Latin gunna "leather garment, skin, hide," of unknown origin. Used by St. Boniface (8c.) for a fur garment permitted for old or infirm monks. Klein writes it is probably "a word adopted from a language of the Apennine or the Balkan Peninsula." OED points to Byzantine Greek gouna, a word for a coarse garment sometimes made of skins, but also notes "some scholars regard [Late Latin gunna] as of Celtic origin."
In 18c., gown was the common word for what is now usually styled a dress. It was maintained more in the U.S. than in Britain, but was somewhat revived 20c. in fashion senses and in comb. forms (e.g. bridal gown, nightgown). Meaning "flowing robe worn as a badge of office or authority" is from late 14c., on image of the Roman toga. As collective singular for "residents of a university" (1650s) it usually now is opposed to town.
A robe or smock worn in operating rooms and other parts of hospitals as a guard against contamination.