- a semiformal gown of fine material, especially one styled with soft, flowing lines, worn for afternoon social occasions.
Origin of tea gown
First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for tea gown
Or rather, in a negligee costume, for I had taken off my evening gown and wore a tea-gown.The Gold Bag
"So you got the tea-gown as a plank to save them," Oliver grinned.Happy House
Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
She said she would wear only a tea-gown—I should say a tea-gown only.
But wear a tea-gown, Alice, because I told Mrs. M. to do so.
I remember we talked about it one night at Winston when you fished in my tea-gown.Dodo Wonders
E. F. Benson
- (formerly) a long loose decorative dress worn esp when entertaining guests to afternoon tea
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