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[rohb] /roʊb/
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.
verb (used with object), robed, robing.
to clothe or invest with a robe or robes; dress; array.
verb (used without object), robed, robing.
to put on a robe.
Origin of robe
1225-75; Middle English < Old French: orig., spoil, booty < Germanic (akin to rob); compare Old High German roub > German Raub
Related forms
robeless, adjective
rober, noun
underrobe, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for robed
Historical Examples
  • The corpse is then dressed as in life, and, if it be that of a priest, is robed in the characteristic orange tawny dress.

  • The dolls were robed and the long strings were made fast to their necks.

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
  • Cleo reclined on the same couch, robed in a terra-cotta gown which Morgan recognised at once.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • It was our Daisy, robed like a princess, who dawned upon our vision.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Marahna was beside him, robed in the golden garment of the priest.

  • 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
  • Yet I would not despair of her return, for, robed in the rainbow, she was the emblem of Hope.

    Twice Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • He could at least retire for the night robed as a man and a brother.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He is robed as a grand elect perfect and sublime mason with trowel and apron, marked made in Germany.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • The pity of it was that the accident of birth should have robed him in the royal purple.

British Dictionary definitions for robed


any loose flowing garment, esp the official vestment of a peer, judge, or academic
a dressing gown or bathrobe
(Austral, informal) a wardrobe
to put a robe, etc, on (oneself or someone else); dress
Word Origin
C13: from Old French: of Germanic origin; compare Old French rober to rob, Old High German roub booty
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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.



late 14c., from robe (n.). Related: Robed; robing.

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