gownsman

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Noun[edit]

gownsman (plural gownsmen)

  1. One whose professional habit is a gown, such as a divine, a lawyer, or a member of certain English universities.
    • 1950, Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast
      The two gownsmen lowered the rigid body. It lay straight as a board, supported by no more than its head on the chair-back, and its heels on the ground.
  2. A civilian, in distinction from a soldier.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.