Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • The jewels were laid away in their velvet cases -- the ribbons folded and laid aside -- the rich robe placed in the armoire, and the frilled and embroidered _robe de nuit_ placed upon her, and fastened with its gold buttons about her neck and wrists, with no more motion on the part of that passive figure, than if it had been a doll in the hands of a child.

    The Brother Clerks A Tale of New-Orleans

  • So called Li Wan to the man whose head was hidden beneath the squirrel-skin robe, but she called softly, as though divided between the duty of waking him and the fear of him awake.

    LI-WAN, THE FAIR

  • I tell you I forgot it, sitting there on the edge of that swan-skin robe and listening and looking at the most wonderful woman that ever stepped out of the pages of Thoreau or of any other man's book.

    The Night-Born

  • The squirrel-skin robe was agitated and cast aside by a brown arm.

    LI-WAN, THE FAIR

  • Instead, capped and mittened, a light stampeding outfit, including his rabbit skin robe, strapped on his back, he was out and away on a many-days 'tramp over creeks and divides, inspecting the whole neighboring territory.

    Chapter X

  • Negore was armed with a miserable bone-barbed spear, and he kept his rabbit-skin robe wrapped closely about him, and though the day was warm he shivered as with an ague.

    NEGORE, THE COWARD

  • Make sure your robe is flawless before he returns.

    Think Progress » Boehner Claims Student Loan Reform Will ‘Eliminate Every Bank In The Country’

  • NOW, the white robe is off and they are PROUD to be who they are because the REPUBLI-CAN'Ts are embracing and allowing them to do what they want at rallies and town hall meetings without calling them out!!

    Obama as witch doctor: Racist or satirical?

  • This beautiful robe is a gift to Maximinus Thrax, who is responsible for Muffin, our latest addition to the Garden of Plenty, where the devotees and adepts of Set, the Snake God have a sanctuary for carnivorous river reptiles.

    Inside Mitchieville - March 2, 2008

  • I know what you're thinking, the robe is for the hospital.

    What to Buy Wednesday – Robe

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