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


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

Obsolete French garbe, grace, from Italian garbo, from garbare, to please, of Germanic origin.

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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).

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French gerbe; akin to German Garbe


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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.

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    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.

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