from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long loose flowing outer garment, especially:
- n. An official garment worn on formal occasions to show office or rank, as by a judge or high church official.
- n. An academic gown.
- n. A dressing gown or bathrobe.
- n. Clothes; apparel.
- n. A blanket or covering made of material, such as fur or cloth: a lap robe.
- transitive v. To cover or dress in or as if in a robe. See Synonyms at clothe.
- intransitive v. To put on robes or a robe.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long loose outer garment, often signifying honorary stature.
- v. To clothe someone in a robe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An outer garment; a dress of a rich, flowing, and elegant style or make; hence, a dress of state, rank, office, or the like.
- n. A skin of an animal, especially, a skin of the bison, dressed with the fur on, and used as a wrap.
- transitive v. To invest with a robe or robes; to dress; to array.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gown or long loose garment worn over other dress; a gown or dress of a rich, flowing, or elegant style or make.
- n. An official vestment; a flowing garment symbolizing honor, dignity, or authority.
- n. Any garment; apparel in general; dress; costume.
- n. Hence, that which covers or invests; something resembling or suggesting a robe.
- n. A woman's gown of any cut or fabric, with trimmings, usually in the form of bands or borders, woven in or embroidered on the material.
- n. A dressed skin or pelt: first applied to that of the American bison, but now to that of any animal when used for a carriage- or sleigh-rug, and by extension to any protecting wrap used in driving: as, a linen lap-robe.
- n. The largest and strongest tobacco-leaves, which are used as covers for the thicker kinds of pigtail.
- n. Eccles., specifically, the early chasuble, a large garment covering the body. Compare garment, 2.
- n. plural Garments of state or ceremony, forming together an entire costume.
- To put a robe on; clothe in a robe; especially, to clothe magnificently or ceremoniously: as, to robe a sovereign for a coronation.
- To clothe or dress in general.
- To put on a robe or robes; assume official vestments: as, the judges are robing; the clergy robed in the vestry.
- n. An abbreviation of arroba.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. outerwear consisting of a long flowing garment used for official or ceremonial occasions
- v. clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes
- v. cover as if with clothing
- n. any loose flowing garment
Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English robe, roobe, from Old French robe, robbe, reube ("booty, spoils of war, robe, garment"), from Frankish *rouba, *rauba (“booty, spoils, stolen clothes”, literally "things taken"), from Proto-Germanic *raubō, *raubaz, *rauban (“booty, that which is stripped or carried away”), from Proto-Indo-European *reup- (“to tear, peel”). Akin to Old High German roup ("booty"; Modern German Raub ("robbery, spoils")), Old High German roubōn ("to rob, steal"; Modern German rauben ("to rob")), Old English rēaf ("spoils, booty, dress, armour, robe, garment"), Old English rēafian ("to steal, deprive"). More at rob, reaf, reave. (Wiktionary)