- a woman's dress or robe, especially one that is full-length.
- dressing gown.
- evening gown.
- 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.
- to dress in a gown.
Origin of gown
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Examples from the Web for gowning
If editors pay him large sums for gowning his women in certain costumes, so much the better.In Vanity Fair
Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
- 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 townCompare town (def. 7)
- (tr) to supply with or dress in a gown
Word Origin and History for gowning
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.