from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See silk gown, under silk, a.


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  • When they went away, she always put on the silk-gown and the jet-black row of curls represented in that portrait (her hair was reddish-grey in the kitchen), established herself in the breakfast-room, put her spectacles between two particular leaves of Doctor Buchan's Domestic Medicine, and sat looking over the blind all day until they came back again.

    Little Dorrit

  • 'Well, but you can buy a new one; and I'm sure it is high time you should get yourself another silk-gown.

    Wives and Daughters

  • Mrs. Dempster came to consult me as to whether Mrs.Kirkpatrick would be offended, if she sent her a new breadth for her lilac silk-gown, in place of one that had been spoilt by Mrs.Dempster's servant spilling the coffee over it the night before; and she took it and was thankful, for all she's dressed in pearl-grey satin now!

    Wives and Daughters


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