- a long, loose or flowing gown or outer garment worn by men or women as ceremonial dress, an official vestment, or garb of office.
- any long, loose garment, especially one for wear while lounging or preparing to dress, as a bathrobe or dressing gown.
- a woman's gown or dress, especially of a more elaborate kind: a robe for the evening.
- robes, apparel in general; dress; costume.
- a piece of fur, cloth, knitted work, etc., used as a blanket, covering, or wrap: a buffalo robe; a lap robe.
- to clothe or invest with a robe or robes; dress; array.
- to put on a robe.
Origin of robe
Examples from the Web for robed
It was our Daisy, robed like a princess, who dawned upon our vision.In the Valley
And I, the questioner, masked and robed so that my own brother could not have known me!The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
He could at least retire for the night robed as a man and a brother.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
The pity of it was that the accident of birth should have robed him in the royal purple.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
Marahna was beside him, robed in the golden garment of the priest.
- any loose flowing garment, esp the official vestment of a peer, judge, or academic
- a dressing gown or bathrobe
- Australian informal a wardrobe
- to put a robe, etc, on (oneself or someone else); dress
Word Origin and History for robed
"long, loose outer garment," late 13c., from Old French robe "long, loose outer garment" (12c.), from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German rouba "vestments"), from West Germanic *raubo "booty" (cf. Old High German roub "robbery, breakage"), which also yielded rob (v.).
Presumably the notion is of garments taken from the enemy as spoils, and the Old French word had a secondary sense of "plunder, booty," while Germanic cognates had both senses; e.g. Old English reaf "plunder, booty, spoil; garment, armor, vestment." Meaning "dressing gown" is from 1854. Metonymic sense of "the legal profession" is attested from 1640s.
late 14c., from robe (n.). Related: Robed; robing.