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[gahrb] /gɑrb/
a fashion or mode of dress, especially of a distinctive, uniform kind:
in the garb of a monk.
wearing apparel; clothes.
outward appearance or form.
verb (used with object)
to dress; clothe.
Origin of garb
1585-95; < Middle French garbe graceful outline < Old Italian garbo grace < Germanic; compare Old High German garawen, Old English gearwian to prepare, adorn (see gar2), gear
Related forms
garbless, adjective
undergarb, noun
ungarbed, adjective
1. style, cut. 2. clothing, dress, costume, attire. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for garb
  • Buildings project their personalities, whether downtown or uptown, in the carefully chosen garb of the employees at the entrances.
  • Promising to be a prolonged spectacle, it was launched with a parade of scores of prominent reformists in prison garb.
  • Now segments of the garb pop out of the ring and snap into place as he moves.
  • And traditional garb is worn far more infrequently than contemporary urban labels.
  • And letting such profiteers in, under the garb of conservators, is a cause for alarm.
  • Booth babes in the garb of various games roam the crowded show floor.
  • He describes the garb as fashion for the no-collar workforce.
  • How a bred-for-bespoke fella pays for fancy garb without two dimes to rub together.
  • Or he must disguise his objectionable statement in a garb that seems harmless.
  • The attendees were mostly older people, in vaguely nautical garb, and they were in a mood to rumble.
British Dictionary definitions for garb


clothes, esp the distinctive attire of an occupation or profession: clerical garb
style of dress; fashion
external appearance, covering, or attire
(transitive) to clothe or cover; attire
Derived Forms
garbless, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Old French garbe graceful contour, from Old Italian garbo grace, probably of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for garb

1590s, "elegance, stylishness," from Middle French garbe "graceful outline" (Modern French galbe), from Italian garbo "grace, elegance," perhaps from Germanic (cf. Old High German gar(a)wi "dress, equipment, preparation;" see gear). Sense of "fashion of dress" is first attested 1620s.


1836, from garb (n.). Related: Garbed; garbing.

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