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  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)
  1. 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 formsgarb·less, adjectiveun·der·garb, nounun·garbed, adjective

Synonyms for garb

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Related Words for garbed

drape, deck, garment, clad, cover, array, raiment, dud, attire, apparel, robe, dress, tog, clothe

Examples from the Web for garbed

Contemporary Examples of garbed

  • “What Obama has done so far is about perfect,” Kadivar, garbed in his traditional cleric's robes, said.

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    Stay Out of It, Obama

    Benjamin Sarlin, Roja Heydarpour

    June 19, 2009

Historical Examples of garbed

  • The man, attendant though he was, was garbed in evening dress.

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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for garbed


  1. clothes, esp the distinctive attire of an occupation or professionclerical garb
  2. style of dress; fashion
  3. external appearance, covering, or attire
  1. (tr) to clothe or cover; attire
Derived Formsgarbless, 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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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.

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