Definition of gown noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡaʊn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡaʊn//
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  1. 1a woman’s dress, especially a long one for special occasions an evening/a wedding gown She was dressed in a long flowing gown. She wore a white satin gown trimmed with lace.
  2. 2a long loose piece of clothing that is worn over other clothes by judges and (in Britain) by other lawyers, and by members of universities (at special ceremonies) a graduation gown See related entries: Exams and degrees
  3. 3a piece of clothing that is worn over other clothes to protect them, especially in a hospital a surgeon’s gown See related entries: Operations
  4. see also dressing gown
    Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French goune, from late Latin gunna ‘fur garment’; probably related to Byzantine Greek gouna ‘fur, fur-lined garment’.
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