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tea gown

a semiformal gown of fine material, especially one styled with soft, flowing lines, worn for afternoon social occasions.
Origin of tea gown
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • At three she went upstairs to change her tea-gown for the drive to Intra.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • "So you got the tea-gown as a plank to save them," Oliver grinned.

    Happy House Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
  • Sylvia laid the tea-gown on the bed, and turned to the trunk again.

    The Shoulders of Atlas Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • The awkwardness left her and she forgot the fripperies of the tea-gown that so embarrassed her.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • She was a delicate woman who, petted and made much of, might have allowed herself an occasional headache and a tea-gown existence.

    The Confounding of Camelia Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Mrs. Gordon rose languidly, her tea-gown trailing behind her.

  • For her a tea-gown and satin slippers are in order, as they would be under similar conditions on her furnished porch.

    Woman as Decoration Emily Burbank
  • Antonia was clad in a tea-gown–Aurora thought it was a wrapper.

    Aurora the Magnificent Gertrude Hall
  • There was in it the description of a tea-gown worn by Mrs. Titus W. Trout which she believed was within her dressmaking capacity.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • I always drive before dinner, and I cannot go out in a tea-gown.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for tea-gown

tea gown

(formerly) a long loose decorative dress worn esp when entertaining guests to afternoon tea
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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