[ 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

garb·less, adjectiveun·der·garb, nounun·garbed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for garb


/ (ɡɑːb) /


clothes, esp the distinctive attire of an occupation or professionclerical garb
style of dress; fashion
external appearance, covering, or attire


(tr) to clothe or cover; attire

Derived Forms

garbless, adjective

Word Origin for garb

C16: from Old French garbe graceful contour, from Old Italian garbo grace, probably of Germanic origin
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