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.

Nearby words

  1. robbin,
  2. robbins,
  3. robbins, frederick chapman,
  4. robbins, jerome,
  5. robbinsdale,
  6. robe-de-chambre,
  7. robert,
  8. robert guiscard,
  9. robert i,
  10. robert ii

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

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
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