• The Wolf puts on the Grandmother's night-gown and cap
    The Wolf puts on the Grandmother's night-gown and cap
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gown dress in a gown
    • n gown a woman's dress, usually with a close-fitting bodice and a long flared skirt, often worn on formal occasions
    • n gown outerwear consisting of a long flowing garment used for official or ceremonial occasions
    • n gown protective garment worn by surgeons during operations
    • n gown lingerie consisting of a loose dress designed to be worn in bed by women
    • n gown the members of a university as distinguished from the other residents of the town in which the university is located "the relations between town and gown are always sensitive"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

William wearing his father’s dressing-gown and a tinsel crown William wearing his father’s dressing-gown and a tinsel crown

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Queen Elizabeth I of England died she owned over 3,000 gowns
    • Gown A loose wrapper worn by gentlemen within doors; a dressing gown.
    • Gown A loose, flowing upper garment
    • Gown Any sort of dress or garb. "He comes . . . in the gown of humility."
    • Gown The official robe of certain professional men and scholars, as university students and officers, barristers, judges, etc.; hence, the dress of peace; the dress of civil officers, in distinction from military.
    • Gown The ordinary outer dress of a woman; as, a calico or silk gown .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first fashion house to be set up was in 1858 by Charles Worth. He opened his store in Paris with the idea of having pre-made gowns presented on models to his customers
    • n gown An outer garment, generally long and loose, of various shapes and uses. Specifically— A long and loose outer robe usually worn by men at the beginning of the fifteenth century and later, and by women continuously from an early date in the middle ages; essentially, a garment meant to be girded at the waist, somewhat close-fitting above and large and loose below.
    • n gown Same as dress, 2. [Dress is preferred for a garment cut to fit the person, the gown being more properly a loose garment hanging from the shoulders. Compare .]
    • n gown A loose garment worn in the house; a wrapper: as, a dressing-gown; a night-gown.
    • n gown A long and loose over-dress, of varying styles, worn distinctively on official occasions in Europe, and less commonly in America, by clergymen, judges, lawyers, and university professors and students; hence, the emblem of civil power or place, as opposed to the sword.
    • n gown The toga.
    • gown To invest with a gown; clothe or dress in a gown; hence, to impart the function represented by the gown to.
    • gown To put on a gown.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Miami, it's illegal for men to be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.
    • n Gown gown a woman's upper garment: a long loose robe worn officially by clergymen, lawyers, college lecturers, &c
    • v.t Gown to invest with the gown
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Through tattered clothes, small vices do appear. Robes and furred gowns hide all.”
  • Dorothy Parker
    “Where's the man could ease a heart, like a satin gown?”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Patience is power; with time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “I... chose my wife as she did her wedding-gown, not for a fine glossy surface, but such qualities as would wear well.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. goune, prob. from W. gwn, gown, loose robe, akin to Ir. gunn, Gael. gùn,; cf. OF. gone, prob. of the same origin


In literature:

From this box he took six white linen gowns, and at his direction each put on one of the gowns.
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
Go saddle dat mule, an' go to town; An' bring home Mistiss' mornin' gown.
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
The cheap white muslin, which served as Rosemary's best Summer gown, was made like the ginghams.
"Master of the Vineyard" by Myrtle Reed
It was a beautiful gown, did you not think so?
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
How many gowns would that buy you and me, Aunt Isel?
"One Snowy Night" by Emily Sarah Holt
His wife performs greater miracles still, for she has to buy a winter gown and a summer gown, a hat and gloves, for her L2.
"Home Life in Germany" by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
Now we shall not have the new gowns we set our hearts on, Nan.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
These openings may be sewn up again without in any way damaging the gown.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Her shawl and her gown were cold and wet.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Madam Wetherill was very grand in her satin petticoat and brocade gown, that fell away at the sides and made a train at the back.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas

In poetry:

She had nae sooner buskit hersel',
And putten on her gown,
Till Edom o' Gordon and his men
Were round about the town.
"Edom O' Gordon" by Andrew Lang
I USED to wear a gown of green
And sing a song to May,
When apple blossoms starred the stream
And Spring came up the way.
"I Used To Wear A Gown Of Green" by Katherine Hale
'Tis time, long-white-gowned Mrs. Ham,
To put you in the ark!
Sleep, Elfie, God-infolded lamb,
Sleep shining through the dark.
"Little Elfie" by George MacDonald
A lady dwelt in that rich town,
The fairest in all the land;
She walked abroad in a velvet gown,
With many rings on her hand.
"The Proud Lady" by Henry Van Dyke
There haply with her jewelled hands
She smooths her silken gown,—
No more the homespun lap wherein
I shook the walnuts down.
"My Playmate" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Oh! let him in thy hall but stand,
And wear a porter's gown,
Duteous to what thou may'st command,
Thus William's wishes crown.
"The Wandering Pilgrim" by Matthew Prior

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In fact, in Louisiana, 16 inmates from the state's largest juvenile facility are getting set for cap and gown ceremonies.
Katy Perry stepped out in Dolce & Gabbana's gown.
Who Will Design Michelle Obama's Inaugural Gown.
Janet Nelson Kumar's design studio provides beautiful custom gowns for brides-to-be.
GREENFIELD — A man arrested in a hospital gown Sunday on charges stemming from his alleged flight from a Keene, N.H.
0Richie rocked this printed Issa gown at a Beverly Hills party in January 2009.
Jessica Biel's Giambattista Valli Wedding Gown: Brand-New Details.
The ink on Prince William and Kate Middleton 's marriage license is barely dry, and already wedding dresses inspired the bride's stunning lacy gown are being re-created by the USA's top bridal designers.
Krista and Jill The Almost Invisible Intern recently visited Lemon Drop to play dress up and try on several ball gowns.
Cardinal Health introduced its new RoyalSilk surgical gown made from a unique, proprietary fabric that is softer to the skin than other surgical gown s, at the 2008 Congress for the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).