Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long loose flowing garment, such as a robe or nightgown.
  • n. A long, usually formal dress for a woman.
  • n. A robe or smock worn in operating rooms and other parts of hospitals as a guard against contamination.
  • n. A distinctive outer robe worn on ceremonial occasions, as by scholars or clerics.
  • n. The faculty and student body of a university: perfect accord between town and gown.
  • transitive v. To clothe (oneself or another) with a gown.
  • intransitive v. To dress in a gown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A loose, flowing upper garment.
  • n. The ordinary outer dress of a woman; as, a calico or silk gown.
  • n. The official robe of certain professional men and scholars, as university students and officers, barristers, judges, etc.; hence, the dress of peace; the dress of civil officers, in distinction from military.
  • n. The university community.
  • n. A loose wrapper worn by gentlemen within doors; a dressing gown.
  • n. Any sort of dress or garb.
  • n. The robe worn by a surgeon.
  • v. To dress in a gown, to don or garb with a gown.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A loose, flowing upper garment.
  • n. The ordinary outer dress of a woman.
  • n. The official robe of certain professional men and scholars, as university students and officers, barristers, judges, etc.; hence, the dress of peace; the dress of civil officers, in distinction from military.
  • n. A loose wrapper worn by gentlemen within doors; a dressing gown.
  • n. Any sort of dress or garb.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To invest with a gown; clothe or dress in a gown; hence, to impart the function represented by the gown to.
  • To put on a gown.
  • n. An outer garment, generally long and loose, of various shapes and uses.
  • n. Same as dress, 2. [Dress is preferred for a garment cut to fit the person, the gown being more properly a loose garment hanging from the shoulders. Compare .]
  • n. A loose garment worn in the house; a wrapper: as, a dressing-gown; a night-gown.
  • n. A long and loose over-dress, of varying styles, worn distinctively on official occasions in Europe, and less commonly in America, by clergymen, judges, lawyers, and university professors and students; hence, the emblem of civil power or place, as opposed to the sword.
  • n. The toga.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the members of a university as distinguished from the other residents of the town in which the university is located
  • n. a woman's dress, usually with a close-fitting bodice and a long flared skirt, often worn on formal occasions
  • n. outerwear consisting of a long flowing garment used for official or ceremonial occasions
  • n. lingerie consisting of a loose dress designed to be worn in bed by women
  • n. protective garment worn by surgeons during operations
  • v. dress in a gown

Etymologies

Middle English goune, from Old French, from Late Latin gunna, leather garment.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman gune, goune 'fur-trimmed coat, pelisse', from Old French goune, from Late Latin gunna 'leather garment, a fur', from Late Greek goúna 'coarse garment', ultimately from Sarmato-Scythian *gaunyā 'fur' (compare Avestan gaona 'body hair', Ossetian γun) (Wiktionary)

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