gownsman

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Etymology[edit]

From gown +‎ -s- +‎ man.

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. (archaic) A civilian, in distinction from a soldier.