1. A loose, flowing upper garment; especially: (a) The ordinary outer dress of a woman, especially one that is full-length/ex>. (b) 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.
He Mars deposed, and arms to gowns made yield. --Dryden.
(c) A loose wrapper worn by gentlemen within doors; a dressing gown.
2. Any sort of dress or garb.
He comes . . . in the gown of humility. --Shak.
n 1: long, usually formal, woman's dress
2: protective garment worn by surgeons during operations [syn:
surgical gown, scrubs]
3: outerwear consisting of a long flowing garment used for
official or ceremonial occasions [syn: robe]
v : dress in a gown