verb (used with object), robed, rob·ing.

to clothe or invest with a robe or robes; dress; array.

verb (used without object), robed, rob·ing.

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 formsrobe·less, adjectiverob·er, nounun·der·robe, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for robe

Contemporary Examples of robe

Historical Examples of robe

  • The robe of fine Milesian texture, was saffron-coloured, with a purple edge.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • That which was the body has come to be only the rich fringe of the nation's robe.

  • He was almost completely enveloped in a robe of softened skins.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • He was throwing back the robe to leap from the sleigh when the figure reached him.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • One might edge a wall-paper or fringe a robe with a recurring decimal.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for robe



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 for robe

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 robe

"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.

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