cap and gown


noun

a ceremonial mortarboard and gown worn by faculty, students, etc., as at commencement.

Origin of cap and gown

First recorded in 1855–60
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cap and gown

Ceremonial dress worn at graduation exercises; by extension, the academic community (also see town and gown. For example, Mary was very proud) when she received her cap and gown for commencement. [Mid-1800s]

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