[gounz-muh n]

noun, plural gowns·men.

a person who wears a gown indicating office, profession, or status.

Origin of gownsman

First recorded in 1570–80; gown + 's1 + man1
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Examples from the Web for gownsman

Historical Examples of gownsman

  • To the instruction of a woman she added the logic of a gownsman and the love of a saint.

  • The gownsman, not knowing what had occurred, called next morning at the yard, and asked to see Mr. Fordham.

  • In his own undergraduate days the yokel and the mob were outside the pale of the gownsman's interests.

    Ruskin Relics

    W. G. Collingwood

  • The gownsman and financier would find himself better off in France than elsewhere.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 9 (of 10)

    Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

  • The complete liberty enjoyed by him as a gownsman killed the habit of work so forcibly inculcated at his school.

    Rowlandson's Oxford

    A. Hamilton Gibbs