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[goun] /gaʊn/
a woman's dress or robe, especially one that is full-length.
a loose, flowing outer garment in any of various forms, worn by a man or woman as distinctive of office, profession, or status:
an academic gown.
the student and teaching body in a university or college town.
verb (used with object)
to dress in a gown.
Origin of gown
1300-50; Middle English goune < Old French < Late Latin gunna fur or leather garment
Related forms
ungowned, adjective
1. frock.
Synonym Study
1. See dress. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gowned
Historical Examples
  • She was gowned, too, with a chic nicety to arouse the envy of all less-fortunate women.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • And to be gowned as if she were going to have audience with the Queen!

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec Amanda Millie Douglas
  • A lady, slim, gowned and veiled in black and followed by a negress, swept past him.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • The little maid who presides should be gowned to represent a butterfly.

    Bright Ideas for Entertaining Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott
  • Man, even when tonsured and gowned, was not made to live alone.

  • She was a marvel,—tall and well-developed, groomed and gowned to the dot.

    At Start and Finish William Lindsey
  • She was gowned to distraction, and by an artist in women's wear.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
  • Each Princess was gowned in robes woven with the arms of her kingdom.

    In the Days of the Guild Louise Lamprey
  • At that moment a small, frail woman, gowned in black, entered the room.

    Those Dale Girls Frank Weston Carruth
  • The door opened and the Professor stepped out, gowned and slippered.

British Dictionary definitions for gowned


any of various outer garments, such as a woman's elegant or formal dress, a dressing robe, or a protective garment, esp one worn by surgeons during operations
a loose wide garment indicating status, such as worn by academics
the members of a university as opposed to the other residents of the university town Compare town (sense 7)
(transitive) to supply with or dress in a gown
Word Origin
C14: from Old French goune, from Late Latin gunna garment made of leather or fur, of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for gowned



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.

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gowned in Medicine

gown (goun)
A robe or smock worn in operating rooms and other parts of hospitals as a guard against contamination.

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Idioms and Phrases with gowned
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