from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A long loose flowing outer garment, especially.
  • noun An official garment worn on formal occasions to show office or rank, as by a judge or high church official.
  • noun An academic gown.
  • noun A dressing gown or bathrobe.
  • noun Clothes; apparel.
  • noun A blanket or covering made of material, such as fur or cloth.
  • intransitive verb To cover or dress in a robe or in something that functions like a robe.
  • intransitive verb To put on a robe or robes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun An abbreviation of arroba.
  • noun A gown or long loose garment worn over other dress; a gown or dress of a rich, flowing, or elegant style or make.
  • noun An official vestment; a flowing garment symbolizing honor, dignity, or authority.
  • noun Any garment; apparel in general; dress; costume.
  • noun Hence, that which covers or invests; something resembling or suggesting a robe.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The largest and strongest tobacco-leaves, which are used as covers for the thicker kinds of pigtail.
  • noun Eccles., specifically, the early chasuble, a large garment covering the body. Compare garment, 2.
  • noun plural Garments of state or ceremony, forming together an entire costume.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An outer garment; a dress of a rich, flowing, and elegant style or make; hence, a dress of state, rank, office, or the like.
  • noun U.S. A skin of an animal, especially, a skin of the bison, dressed with the fur on, and used as a wrap.
  • noun an officer of the English royal household (when the sovereign is a king) whose duty is supposed to consist in caring for the royal robes.
  • noun a lady who enjoys the highest rank of the ladies in the service of the English sovereign (when a queen), and is supposed to have the care her robes.
  • transitive verb To invest with a robe or robes; to dress; to array.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A long loose outer garment, often signifying honorary stature.
  • verb To clothe someone in a robe.

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

  • noun outerwear consisting of a long flowing garment used for official or ceremonial occasions
  • verb clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes
  • verb cover as if with clothing
  • noun any loose flowing garment


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

[Middle English, from Old French robe, booty, movable personal possessions like clothing, robe, of Germanic origin; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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