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 members of a university as distinct from the residents of a town.
VERB (be gowned) be dressed in a gown.
ORIGIN Old French goune, from Latin gunna 'fur garment' .

English terms dictionary. 2015.

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