A long, loose upper garment; a lady's dress; a kind of open cloak worn by clergymen, members of the legal profession, university professors, and other educational officials; the degree gown has a hood of silk, the colour of which signifies the kind of degree and the university from which the degree has been obtained. In the 14th century the word " gown " was applied to garments of various materials for both men's and women's wear, they had high collars which buttoned close round the neck. Up to the end of the 17th century the gown was a garment common to men arid women under various names (see Glaudkyn, Houpeland, Heuk, Huke, Shamew). The gown has varied in shape, length and material to an enormous degree.

Dictionary of the English textile terms. 2014.

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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gown — /gown/, n. 1. a woman s dress or robe, esp. one that is full length. 2. nightgown. 3. dressing gown. 4. See evening gown. 5. a loose, flowing outer garment in any of various forms, worn by a man or woman as distinctive of office, profession, or… …   Universalium

  • gown — [gaun] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: goune, from Late Latin gunna] 1.) a long dress that a woman wears on formal occasions wedding/evening/ball gown ▪ a white silk wedding gown 2.) a long loose piece of clothing worn for special… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gown — [ gaun ] noun count * 1. ) a special long dress worn by a woman, often for dancing or other special occasions: a ball gown a white wedding gown a ) a long dress worn by a woman in the past: ladies in silk gowns 2. ) a piece of formal clothing… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gown — c.1300, from O.Fr. goune robe, coat, habit, gown, from L.L. gunna leather garment, skin, hide, of unknown origin. Used by St. Boniface (8c.) for a fur garment permitted for old or infirm monks. Klein writes it is probably a word adopted from a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • gown — [goun] n. [ME goune < OFr < LL gunna, loose robe, orig., fur cloak] 1. a long, loose outer garment; specif., a) DRESSING GOWN b) a nightgown, nightshirt, etc. c) a cotton smock worn by a surgeon d) a flowing robe worn as a symbol of office… …   English World dictionary

  • gown — ► NOUN 1) a long dress worn on formal occasions. 2) a protective garment worn in hospital by surgical staff or patients. 3) a loose cloak indicating one s profession or status, worn by a lawyer, teacher, academic, or university student. 4) the… …   English terms dictionary

  • gown — [n] robe, dress clothes, costume, frock, garb, garment, habit; concept 451 …   New thesaurus

  • Gown — A gown (medieval Latin gunna ) is a (usually) loose outer garment from knee to full length worn by men and women in Europe from the early Middle Ages to the seventeenth century (and continuing today in certain professions); later, gown was… …   Wikipedia

  • gown — 01. She looked simply stunning in a classic red strapless evening [gown]. 02. The native chiefs wore their beautiful ceremonial [gowns] at the signing of the historic treaty. 03. The old woman had on a fetching black [gown] and a long string of… …   Grammatical examples in English

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