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."

Definitions of gown
  1. noun
    a woman's dress, usually with a close-fitting bodice and a long flared skirt, often worn on formal occasions
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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
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    dress, frock
    a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
  2. noun
    lingerie consisting of a loose dress designed to be worn in bed by women
    synonyms: night-robe, nightdress, nightgown, nightie
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    intimate apparel, lingerie
    women's underwear and nightclothes
    nightclothes, nightwear, sleepwear
    garments designed to be worn in bed
  3. noun
    protective garment worn by surgeons during operations
    synonyms: scrubs, surgical gown
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    garment
    an article of clothing
  4. noun
    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
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    outerwear, overclothes
    clothing for use outdoors
  5. verb
    dress in a gown
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    apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
    provide with clothes or put clothes on
  6. noun
    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”
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    university
    the body of faculty and students at a university
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