from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the distinctive garb of a junior barrister; hence, a junior barrister himself. See Silk gown, under Silk.
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When the milking was finished for the evening they straggled indoors, where Mrs. Crick, the dairyman's wife -- who was too respectable to go out milking herself, and wore a hot stuff gown in warm weather because the dairymaids wore prints -- was giving an eye to the leads and things.