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tea gown

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  1. a semiformal gown of fine material, especially one styled with soft, flowing lines, worn for afternoon social occasions.

Origin of tea gown

First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for tea gown

Historical Examples

  • Or rather, in a negligee costume, for I had taken off my evening gown and wore a tea-gown.

    The Gold Bag

    Carolyn Wells

  • "So you got the tea-gown as a plank to save them," Oliver grinned.

    Happy House

    Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg

  • She said she would wear only a tea-gown—I should say a tea-gown only.

    Mammon and Co.

    E. F. Benson

  • But wear a tea-gown, Alice, because I told Mrs. M. to do so.

    Mammon and Co.

    E. F. Benson

  • I remember we talked about it one night at Winston when you fished in my tea-gown.

    Dodo Wonders

    E. F. Benson

British Dictionary definitions for tea gown

tea gown

  1. (formerly) a long loose decorative dress worn esp when entertaining guests to afternoon tea
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