From Anglo-Norman gune, goune (“fur-trimmed coat, pelisse”), from Old French goune, from Late Latin gunna (“leather garment, a fur”), from Ancient Greek γούνα (goúna, “coarse garment”), of unknown origin. Perhaps from a Balkan or Apennine language. Alternatively, perhaps from Scythian, from Proto-Iranian *gawnám (“fur”) (compare Younger Avestan 𐬔𐬀𐬊𐬥𐬀 (gaona, “body hair”) and Ossetian гъун (ǧun)).(Can this(+) etymology be sourced?).
gown (plural gowns)
- A loose, flowing upper garment.
- A woman's ordinary outer dress, such as a calico or silk gown.
- The official robe of certain professional men and scholars, such as university students and officers, barristers, judges, etc.
- The dress of civil officers, as opposed to military officers.
- (by metonymy) The university community.
- In the perennial town versus gown battles, townies win some violent battles, but the collegians are winning the war.
- A loose wrapper worn by gentlemen within doors; a dressing gown.
- Any sort of dress or garb.
- The robe worn by a surgeon.