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[gahrb] /gɑrb/
a fashion or mode of dress, especially of a distinctive, uniform kind:
in the garb of a monk.
wearing apparel; clothes.
outward appearance or form.
verb (used with object)
to dress; clothe.
Origin of garb
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
1. style, cut. 2. clothing, dress, costume, attire. Unabridged
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  • The man, attendant though he was, was garbed in evening dress.

  • Several of them were garbed in military uniforms and armed with swords.

    The Radiant Shell Paul Ernst
  • We were soon disrobed and garbed in the white suits of our enemies.

    The White Invaders Raymond King Cummings
  • Through the nights of activity she was garbed in rich, warm brown.

    Edge of the Jungle William Beebe
  • And behind him in the doorway stood a tall man, tonsured, garbed in russet.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • This mysterious individual was garbed in a dress suit of solemn black.

    The Magic Curtain

    Roy J. Snell
  • And in their midst, garbed in street attire, was Marjory Dean!

    The Magic Curtain

    Roy J. Snell
  • In this she saw a frail child of France garbed all in green and gold.

    Hour of Enchantment Roy J. Snell
  • He was garbed in a loose black robe, which reached almost to his feet.

    Captured by the Arabs

    James H. Foster
British Dictionary definitions for garbed


clothes, esp the distinctive attire of an occupation or profession: clerical garb
style of dress; fashion
external appearance, covering, or attire
(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 garbed



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.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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