- 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.