Definition of gown in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡaʊn/


1A long elegant dress worn on formal occasions: a silk ball gown
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  • Many cruises still offer one or more optional formal dinners where ladies where long formal gowns or other evening dresses and gentlemen wear tuxedos or dark suits.
  • All around there were hundreds of dresses and gowns for all occasions hanging upon the walls.
  • They dressed in their finest gowns of silk and satin, jewels of gold, elegant shoes and shawls.
dress, frock, shift, robe;
garment, costume
1.1A dressing gown.
Example sentences
  • Dressing gowns of various designs were popular and slippers of all shapes and sizes kept the toes warm.
  • Her hair was pinned in yesterday's curlers and her bathrobe hung limply around her, like a dirty gown.
  • The next morning, I changed into a fresh gown from the wardrobe and went into the bathroom to give myself a quick brushing and washing up.
1.2A protective garment worn in hospital, either by a staff member during surgery or by a patient.
Example sentences
  • He or she gives the patient a hospital gown and sees that all clothing and jewelry is given to a family member or sent to a service center for safekeeping.
  • After changing into a hospital gown, the patient lies on a cart or bed and covers his or her hair with a cap.
  • You will be in a hospital gown as zippers and snap fasteners can interfere with the scan.
1.3A loose cloak indicating one’s profession or status, worn by a lawyer, teacher, academic, or university student.
Example sentences
  • The teachers wore their academic gowns at all times and went swishing along the corridors between classes.
  • We lived in Graduate College and we ate together, particularly dinner at Procter Hall where academic gowns were required attire.
  • And, to ensure equitable treatment of both pupils and staff, teachers should surely be banned from wearing hoods on their academic gowns on speech day.
1.4 [mass noun] The members of a university as distinct from the permanent residents of the university town. Often contrasted with town.
Example sentences
  • It is often said that town and gown, city and university, are indeed far away from each other, despite their proximity on the crow-flying map of York.
  • In both Oxford and Cambridge, gown dominates the town.
  • It has taken this further with its detailed submission as to how a campus at York Central would be good for town and gown.


(be gowned)
1Be dressed in a gown: she was gowned in luminous silk
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  • In a colourful ceremony the scholars, who were robed and gowned in full academic dress, were presented with their award by the president in front of the deans, doctors and dons of the college.
  • Today, she was still gowned in white, much like Amelea, but this dress's collar went up to her chin.
  • For formal events the guys must be in a black suit or tux, the women must be gowned.
1.1 [no object] (gown up) Put on a surgical gown: the lab is supposed to be sterile, so you have to gown up
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  • The other videotape included a demonstration of the department's procedure for surgical scrubbing, proper gowning, self-gloving using a closed glove technique, and gowning and gloving another person.
  • In the laboratory setting, participants practice the skills discussed in the classroom, including scrubbing, gowning, gloving, positioning, and prepping.
  • Observe and practice perioperative procedures to use in your everyday practice, including hand hygiene, gowning, gloving, and skin preparation.


Middle English: from Old French goune, from late Latin gunna 'fur garment'; probably related to Byzantine Greek gouna 'fur, fur-lined garment'.

  • Old French goune is the source of gown, from late Latin gunna ‘fur garment’.

Words that rhyme with gown

brown, Browne, clown, crown, down, downtown, drown, frown, low-down, noun, renown, run-down, town, upside-down, uptown

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