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a ceremonial mortarboard and gown worn by faculty, students, etc., as at commencement.
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Ceremonial dress worn at graduation exercises; by extension, the academic community (also see town and gown For example, Mary was very proud) when she received her cap and gown for commencement. [ Mid-1800s ]


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