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gown

[goun]
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noun
  1. a woman's dress or robe, especially one that is full-length.
  2. nightgown.
  3. dressing gown.
  4. evening gown.
  5. 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.
  6. the student and teaching body in a university or college town.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to dress in a gown.
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Origin of gown

1300–50; Middle English goune < Old French < Late Latin gunna fur or leather garment
Related formsun·gowned, adjective

Synonyms

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1. frock.

Synonym study

1. See dress.
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Examples from the Web for gowned

Historical Examples

  • She was gowned, too, with a chic nicety to arouse the envy of all less-fortunate women.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • And to be gowned as if she were going to have audience with the Queen!

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • A lady, slim, gowned and veiled in black and followed by a negress, swept past him.

    The Crossing

    Winston Churchill

  • The little maid who presides should be gowned to represent a butterfly.

    Bright Ideas for Entertaining

    Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott

  • Man, even when tonsured and gowned, was not made to live alone.


British Dictionary definitions for gowned

gown

noun
  1. 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
  2. a loose wide garment indicating status, such as worn by academics
  3. the members of a university as opposed to the other residents of the university townCompare town (def. 7)
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verb
  1. (tr) to supply with or dress in a gown
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French goune, from Late Latin gunna garment made of leather or fur, of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for gowned

gown

n.

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.

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gowned in Medicine

gown

(goun)
n.
  1. A robe or smock worn in operating rooms and other parts of hospitals as a guard against contamination.
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Idioms and Phrases with gowned

gown

see cap and gown; town and gown.

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