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- n. Archaic form of gownsman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as gownsman.
In this high post he showed a spirit as elevated; but it was rather a military spirit than that of the gownman, -- magnificent to excess in his living and appearance, and distinguishing himself in the tournaments and other martial sports of that age with much ostentation of courage and expense.
A mere soldier little values the character of eloquence: A gownman of courage: A bishop of humour: Or a merchant of learning.
For their speculations on this subject are wholly poetical; they have only their fancy for their guide; and that, being sharper in an excellent poet, than it is likely it should in a phlegmatic, heavy gownman, will see farther in its own empire, and produce more satisfactory notions on those dark and doubtful problems.
In Cambridge parlance it was a slang term for ` anyone not a gownman, i.e. a townsman. '