verb (used with object)
Origin of gown
Examples from the Web for gown
He proceeded to personally change her gown and placed her in a wheelchair for the move.
While caring for patients, clinical staff is heavily robed with gown and apron; three pairs of gloves; a hood; and goggles.Two Americans Have Now Been Diagnosed With Ebola in Record Outbreak|Kent Sepkowitz|July 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She liked that they had Australian connections and has apparently given them specific instructions for a gown.Vogue Italia's Domestic Violence-Inspired Editorial; Kate Middleton Commissions Ralph & Russo Gown For Australia Tour|The Fashion Beast Team|April 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Halle Berry won the same award in 2002 for Monster's Ball when she dazzled in a semi-sheer, maroon Elie Saab gown.
But, all it took was a couple of drinks before the Inside Llewyn Davis star began ripping her gown apart.Burberry Responds to Toxic Chemical Allegations; Carey Mulligan Jokes About Destroying Oscar Dress|The Fashion Beast Team|January 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She too holds a fan, and wears a gown of rich brocade with bodice and sleeves thickly sown with pearls.Christina of Denmark, Duchess of Milan and Lorraine, 1522-1590|Julia Cartwright
Would Your Highness wear such a gown were one made expressly for you?The Drama of Glass|Kate Field
While they were talking Aunt Betty, attired in a charming morning gown, well-becoming to one of her age, entered the room.Dorothy's Triumph|Evelyn Raymond
When a clergyman is whipped, his gown is first taken off, by which the dignity of his order is secured.
Directly after her last class the next day, Grace hurried to her room to change her gown.Grace Harlowe's Second Year at Overton College|Jessie Graham Flower
Word Origin for gown
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.
see cap and gown; town and gown.