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cap and gown

a ceremonial mortarboard and gown worn by faculty, students, etc., as at commencement.
Compare academic costume.
Origin of cap and gown
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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cap and gown

Ceremonial dress worn at graduation exercises; by extension, the academic community (also see town and gown For example, Mary was very proud) when she received her cap and gown for commencement. [ Mid-1800s ]
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