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gown / goun/ • n. a long dress, typically having a close-fitting bodice and a flared or flowing skirt, worn on formal occasions: a silk ball gown. ∎  a nightgown. ∎  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.

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gown XIV. — OF. goune, gon(n)e :- late L. gunna fur garment.
Hence gownsman (earlier †gownman) †adult Roman XVI (tr. L. togātus ‘gowned man’); civilian, opp. soldier; lawyer, clergyman; university man XVII.

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gown the members of a university as distinct from the permanent residents of a town; usually in town and gown.

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Gown

the students of a university collectively; the members of certain professions, as the magistracy, the legal profession, and those in Holy orders, collectively.