gown

A gown is a formal dress. When your date to a party or dance is wearing a tuxedo, you'll probably want to wear a gown.

There are many different kinds of gowns, including ball gowns, wedding gowns, and evening gowns. All of them are worn primarily by women on formal occasions. It was once common to call any one-piece woman's garment a gown, while now it's more often called a dress. The source of gown is the Old French goune, "robe, coat, or down," with the Latin root gunna, "hide or skin."

Primary Meanings of gown

1.
nv
a woman's dress, usually with a close-fitting bodice and a long flared skirt, often worn on formal occasions
dress in a gown
2.
n
the members of a university as distinguished from the other residents of the town in which the university is located
Full Definitions of gown
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n a woman's dress, usually with a close-fitting bodice and a long flared skirt, often worn on formal occasions

Types:
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ball gown
the most formal gown; worn to a ball
bridal gown, wedding dress, wedding gown
a gown worn by the bride at a wedding
dinner dress, dinner gown, evening gown, formal
a gown for evening wear
mantua
loose gown of the 17th and 18th centuries
tea gown
a long loose-fitting gown formerly popular for wear at afternoon tea
Type of:
dress, frock
a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice

n lingerie consisting of a loose dress designed to be worn in bed by women

Synonyms:
night-robe, nightdress, nightgown, nightie
Type of:
intimate apparel, lingerie
women's underwear and nightclothes
nightclothes, nightwear, sleepwear
garments designed to be worn in bed

n protective garment worn by surgeons during operations

Synonyms:
scrubs, surgical gown
Type of:
garment
an article of clothing

n outerwear consisting of a long flowing garment used for official or ceremonial occasions

Synonyms:
robe
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academic gown, academic robe, judge's robe
a gown worn by academics or judges
vestment
gown (especially ceremonial garments) worn by the clergy
alb
a white linen liturgical vestment with sleeves; worn by priests
cassock
a black garment reaching down to the ankles; worn by priests or choristers
chasuble
a long sleeveless vestment worn by a priest when celebrating Mass
Geneva gown
black academic gown widely used by Protestant clergymen
humeral veil, veil
a vestment worn by a priest at High Mass in the Roman Catholic Church; a silk shawl
pallium
(Roman Catholic Church) vestment consisting of a band encircling the shoulders with two lappets hanging in front and back
pontifical
the vestments and other insignia of a pontiff (especially a bishop)
surplice
a loose-fitting white ecclesiastical vestment with wide sleeves
Type of:
outerwear, overclothes
clothing for use outdoors

v dress in a gown

Type of:
apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
provide with clothes or put clothes on
2

n the members of a university as distinguished from the other residents of the town in which the university is located

“the relations between town and gown are always sensitive”
Type of:
university
the body of faculty and students at a university

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