Gown Gown, n. [OE. goune, prob. from W. gwn gown, loose robe, akin to Ir. gunn, Gael. g[`u]n; cf. OF. gone, prob. of the same origin.] 1. A loose, flowing upper garment; especially: (a) The ordinary outer dress of a woman; as, a calico or silk gown. (b) The official robe of certain professional men and scholars, as university students and officers, barristers, judges, etc.; hence, the dress of peace; the dress of civil officers, in distinction from military. [1913 Webster]

He Mars deposed, and arms to gowns made yield. --Dryden. (c) A loose wrapper worn by gentlemen within doors; a dressing gown. [1913 Webster]

2. Any sort of dress or garb. [1913 Webster]

He comes . . . in the gown of humility. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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