from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A piece of cloth fit to make a gown of, and sufficient in quantity.


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  • "You've got no young woman nor wife to your name to gie a gown-piece to, I'm sure."

    The Return of the Native

  • 'I've won -- well, I've won -- a gown-piece,' says she, her colours coming up in a moment.

    The Return of the Native

  • Among the cups on the long table before the sitters lay an open parcel of light drapery -- the gown-piece, as it was called -- which was to be raffled for.

    The Return of the Native

  • But a gown-piece for a shilling, and no black art -- 'tis worth looking in to see, and it wouldn't hinder me half an hour.

    The Return of the Native

  • Ursula Tetzel, like me, had had a gown-piece which was lying near by the sword.

    Margery — Volume 03

  • Hepburn '(as Sylvia was now termed) had a good dark silk gown-piece in her drawers, as well as the poor dove-coloured, against the day when she chose to leave off mourning; and stuff for either gray or scarlet cloaks was hers at her bidding.

    Sylvia's Lovers — Volume 3

  • Every man puts in a shilling apiece, and one wins a gown-piece for his wife or sweetheart if he's got one. "

    The Return of the Native

  • I can give the maids a gown-piece by now and then, of course, and so ease my mind enough to get an half-hour's nap: but what am I to do for a night's rest? "

    Joyce Morrell's Harvest The Annals of Selwick Hall


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