|1.||any of various outer garments, such as a woman's elegant or formal dress, a dressing robe, or a protective garment, esp one worn by surgeons during operations|
|2.||a loose wide garment indicating status, such as worn by academics|
|3.||Compare town the members of a university as opposed to the other residents of the university town|
|4.||(tr) to supply with or dress in a gown|
|[C14: from Old French goune, from Late Latin gunna garment made of leather or fur, of Celtic origin]|
A robe or smock worn in operating rooms and other parts of hospitals as a guard against contamination.