1. A loose, flowing upper garment; especially: The ordinary outer dress of a woman; as, a calico or silk 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. He mars deposed, and arms to gowns made yield. (Dryden)
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)
Origin: oe. Goune, prob. From W. Gwn gown, loose robe, akin to ir. Gunn, gael. Gun; cf. OF. Gone, prob. Of the same origin.