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.

Nearby words

  1. garaging,
  2. garam masala,
  3. garamond,
  4. garand,
  5. garand rifle,
  6. garbage,
  7. garbage can,
  8. garbage collection,
  9. garbage in, garbage out,
  10. garbage man

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for garbed

British Dictionary definitions for garbed



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 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
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