a woman’s dress or robe, especially one that is full-length.
a loose, flowing outer garment in any of various forms, worn by a man or woman as distinctive of office, profession, or status:
an academic gown.
the student and teaching body in a university or college town.
verb (used with object)
to dress in a gown.
any of various outer garments, such as a woman’s elegant or formal dress, a dressing robe, or a protective garment, esp one worn by surgeons during operations
a loose wide garment indicating status, such as worn by academics
the members of a university as opposed to the other residents of the university town Compare town (sense 7)
(transitive) to supply with or dress in a gown
c.1300, from Old French goune “robe, coat, habit, gown,” from Late Latin 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 language of the Apennine or the Balkan Peninsula.” OED points to Byzantine Greek gouna, a word for a coarse garment sometimes made of skins, but also notes “some scholars regard [Late Latin gunna] as of Celtic origin.”
In 18c., gown was the common word for what is now usually styled a dress. It was maintained more in the U.S. than in Britain, but was somewhat revived 20c. in fashion senses and in comb. forms (e.g. bridal gown, nightgown). Meaning “flowing robe worn as a badge of office or authority” is from late 14c., on image of the Roman toga. As collective singular for “residents of a university” (1650s) it usually now is opposed to town.
A robe or smock worn in operating rooms and other parts of hospitals as a guard against contamination.
[gounz-muh n] /ˈgaʊnz mən/ noun, plural gownsmen. 1. a person who wears a indicating office, profession, or status.
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noun A marijuana user; pothead (1930s+ Narcotics)
[goks] /gɒks/ 1. gaseous oxygen.