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garb

[gahrb] /gɑrb/
noun
1.
a fashion or mode of dress, especially of a distinctive, uniform kind:
in the garb of a monk.
2.
wearing apparel; clothes.
3.
outward appearance or form.
verb (used with object)
4.
to dress; clothe.
Origin of garb
1585-1595
1585-95; < Middle French garbe graceful outline < Old Italian garbo grace < Germanic; compare Old High German garawen, Old English gearwian to prepare, adorn (see gar2), gear
Related forms
garbless, adjective
undergarb, noun
ungarbed, adjective
Synonyms
1. style, cut. 2. clothing, dress, costume, attire.
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  • The lover took his garb, and he took the letters; and he hastened hither.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Here spoke the true spirit of the gentleman, though he was but in the garb of a peasant.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Their name, their garb, and work did so intoxicate and bewitch me.'

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude
  • He is a Jesuit by his garb; he is much more so than they are by his 'savoir-vivre'.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
  • Was she not ever before them in the garb of purity and love!

    The Elm Tree Tales F. Irene Burge Smith
British Dictionary definitions for garb

garb

/ɡɑːb/
noun
1.
clothes, esp the distinctive attire of an occupation or profession: clerical garb
2.
style of dress; fashion
3.
external appearance, covering, or attire
verb
4.
(transitive) to clothe or cover; attire
Derived Forms
garbless, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Old French garbe graceful contour, from Old Italian garbo grace, probably of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for garb
n.

1590s, "elegance, stylishness," from Middle French garbe "graceful outline" (Modern French galbe), from Italian garbo "grace, elegance," perhaps from Germanic (cf. Old High German gar(a)wi "dress, equipment, preparation;" see gear). Sense of "fashion of dress" is first attested 1620s.

v.

1836, from garb (n.). Related: Garbed; garbing.

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