Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A distinctive style or form of clothing; dress: clerical garb.
  • n. An outward appearance; a guise: presented their radical ideas in the garb of moderation.
  • transitive v. To cover with or as if with clothing; dress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a guise, external appearance
  • v. To dress in garb.
  • n. A wheat sheaf.
  • n. A measure of arrows in the Middle Ages.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. Clothing in general.
  • n. The whole dress or suit of clothes worn by any person, especially when indicating rank or office.
  • n. Costume; fashion.
  • n. External appearance, as expressive of the feelings or character; looks; fashion or manner, as of speech.
  • n. A sheaf of grain (wheat, unless otherwise specified).
  • transitive v. To clothe; array; deck.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dress; clothe; array.
  • n. Outward appearance; manner of speech, dress, deportment, etc.; mien; demeanor; hence, mode; manner; fashion; style of doing anything.
  • n. Fashion or mode of dress, or the dress itself; dress; costume, especially as befitting or peculiar to some particular position or station in life, or characteristic of a class or period: as, dressed in his official garb; in the garb of old Gaul.
  • n. Synonyms Apparel, garments, raiment, attire, habiliments, costume.
  • n. A sheaf or bundle, as of grain or arrows: obsolete except in certain specific applications.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
  • v. provide with clothes or put clothes on

Etymologies

Obsolete French garbe, grace, from Italian garbo, from garbare, to please, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French garbe ("graceful outline") (Modern French galbe), from Italian garbo ("grace, elegance"), perhaps from Germanic (compare Old High German garwi, garawi ("dress, equipment, preparation") and English gear). (Wiktionary)
French gerbe; akin to German Garbe (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Traditionalists fear their regional garb is being obscured by tourists and designers appropriating cotton and even plastic versions of their beloved clothing.

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  • Mr. Hernandez's monochromatic costumes were 1950s-style, with the plain garb of the villagers contrasting with the cosmopolitan clothes of Neruda and his wife, Matilde, and Di Cosimo's natty, attention-getting white suit.

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  • And that snow machine garb is also a killer if you have to get off and walk in it.

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  • That really doesn't matter as to whether or not the above remarks qualify as prejudice -- assuming people might be terrorists because they are wearing "Muslim garb" is the textbook definition of prejudice.

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  • The truth is that I worry when I am getting on an airplane and see people dressed in garb that identifies them first and foremost as Muslims.

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  • The patriotic charm of pinup models posing in photos wearing sailor girl garb is not a new idea, but it has been embraced by a whole new generation of pinup models and photographers who are keeping the all American pinup sailor girl image alive.

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  • Appearing in gray garb from the Denver County Jail over a white long-sleeve T-shirt, Sean Mueller, 42 years old, accepted a plea agreement that calls for no more than 40 years in prison.

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  • The last item a Huichol abandons if he exchanges his traditional clothing for modern western garb is the ubiquitous embroidered pouch or side bag.

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  • A young bird. Also garbel, gorblin, a young unfledged bird. --Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.

    May 18, 2011


  • When next my Soul fared out, she wore
    Plain garb and grey;
    Close-buttoned from her chin to feet
    She rode away;
    Behind a double-bolted door
    Her finery lay.

    - Florence Jenney, 'Achievement'.

    September 23, 2009

  • 1591 LYLY Endym. II. ii. 24 Dares. If you be good wenches make as though you loue him, and wonder at him. Fauil. We will doe our parts. Dares. But first let vs stand aside, and let him vse his garbe, for all consisteth in his gracing.

    May 30, 2008