verb (used with object)
Origin of gown
Synonyms for gown
Related Words for gowneddrape, swaddle, swathe, fit, cloak, disguise, attire, equip, dress, gown, vest, habit, accouter, garb, mantle, costume, spruce, rig, array, endue
Examples from the Web for gowned
Historical Examples of gowned
She was gowned, too, with a chic nicety to arouse the envy of all less-fortunate women.Within the Law
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
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.A Decade of Italian Women, v. II (of 2)
T. Adolphus Trollope
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.