cap and gown


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

Nearby words

  1. cao yu,
  2. caodaism,
  3. caoutchouc,
  4. cap,
  5. cap and bells,
  6. cap cloud,
  7. cap de la madeleine,
  8. cap gun,
  9. cap in hand,
  10. cap it all

Origin of cap and gown

First recorded in 1855–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Idioms and Phrases with cap and gown

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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