• A loose, flowing upper garment.
  • A woman's ordinary outer dress, such as a calico or silk gown.
  • The official robe of certain professionals and scholars, such as university students and officers, barristers, judges, etc.
  • The university community.
  • A loose wrapper worn by gentlemen within doors; a dressing gown.
  • Any sort of dress or garb.
  • The robe worn by a surgeon.



  • From Anglo-Norman gune, goune, from Old French goune, from Late Latin gunna ("leather garment, a fur"), from Ancient Greek γούνα ("coarse garment"), of unknown origin. Perhaps from a Balkan or Apennine language. Alternatively, perhaps from Scythian, from Proto-Iranian *gawnám ("fur") (compare and Ossetian гъун)..

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