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  • noun Plural form of gownsman.


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  • Trencher, which stands in Main Street, Oxbridge, and Pen with delight and eagerness remarked, for the first time, gownsmen going about, chapel bells clinking (bells in Oxbridge are ringing from morning-tide till even-song) — towers and pinnacles rising calm and stately over the gables and antique house-roofs of the homely busy city.

    The History of Pendennis

  • He would ogle the ladies who came to lionise the university, and passed before him on the arms of happy gownsmen, and give his opinion upon their personal charms, or their toilettes, with the gravity of a critic whose experience entitled him to speak with authority.

    The History of Pendennis

  • There are reputations of this sort made, quite independent of the collegiate hierarchy, in the republic of gownsmen.

    The History of Pendennis

  • There were no railroads made when Arthur Pendennis went to the famous University of Oxbridge; but he drove thither in a well-appointed coach, filled inside and out with dons, gownsmen, young freshmen about to enter, and their guardians, who were conducting them to the university.

    The History of Pendennis

  • October term, and a small cluster of gownsmen are gathered round to make their several recognitions of returning friends, in spite of shawls, cloaks, petershams, patent gambroons, and wrap-rascals, in which they are enveloped; while our fresh-comer's attention is divided between their sable "curtains" and solicitude for his bags and portmanteau.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 19, No. 530, January 21, 1832

  • Of course, pretty nearly all the sporting characters among the gownsmen were there, the distance from the University being so trifling.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 363, January, 1846

  • I have seen these shy gownsmen, who truly set but a very slight value upon female conversation, cast a hawk's eye upon her from the length of Maudlin Grove, and warily glide off into another walk, -- true monks as they are, and ungently neglecting the delicacies of her polished converse, for their own perverse and uncommunicating solitariness!

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 72, October, 1863

  • He never misses St. Mary's (the University Church) on Sundays, is on his legs directly the psalmody begins, and is laughed at by the other gownsmen.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 19, No. 530, January 21, 1832

  • The silk-gownsmen, as soon as he appears, fade to the semblance of juniors, of lawyers 'clerks, of jurymen, of oneself.

    Yet Again

  • I regret that I had but a single day wherein to see King’s College Chapel, the beautiful lawns and gardens of the colleges, and a few of its gownsmen.

    XII. English Traits. Universities


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