a long dress, typically having a close-fitting bodice and a flared or flowing skirt, worn on formal occasions:
a silk ball gown.
a dressing gown.
a protective garment worn in a hospital, either by a staff member during surgery or by a patient.
a loose cloak indicating one's profession or status, worn by a lawyer, teacher, academic, or college student.
the members of a college as distinct from the permanent residents of the college town:
efforts are underway to improve town-gown relations. Often contrasted with town.
v. (be gowned)
be dressed in a gown:
she was gowned in luminous silk.
, Browne, clown, crown, down, downtown, drown, frown, gown, low-down, noun, renown, run-down, town, upside-down, uptown
•crackdown • clampdown • Ashdown
•markdown • letdown • meltdown
, shakedown, takedown
•kick-down • thistledown • sit-down
•climbdown • countdown
, hoedown, showdown, slowdown
•put-down • touchdown • tumbledown
•shutdown • eiderdown • nightgown
•pronoun • Jamestown • Freetown
•midtown • Bridgetown • Kingstown
•shanty town • Georgetown • Motown
•hometown • toytown • Newtown
•Charlottetown • Chinatown
XIV. — OF. goune
:- late L. gunna
) †adult Roman XVI (tr. L. togātus
‘gowned man’); civilian, opp. soldier; lawyer, clergyman; university man XVII.
the members of a university as distinct from the permanent residents of a town; usually in town
the students of a university collectively; the members of certain professions, as the magistracy, the legal profession, and those in Holy orders, collectively.