From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
1. A loose, flowing upper garment; especially: (a) The ordinary outer dress of a woman, especially one that is full-length/ex>. (b) The official robe of certain professional men and scholars, as university students and officers, barristers, judges, etc.; hence, the dress of peace; the dress of civil officers, in distinction from military.
4. The students and faculty of a college and university, as opposed to the local inhabitants not connected to the university; -- used often in the phrase "town and gown", referring to interactions between the university and the local townspeople; as, a town and gown dispute. [PJC]
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
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