garb

[gahrb]
noun
1.
a fashion or mode of dress, especially of a distinctive, uniform kind: in the garb of a monk.
2.
wearing apparel; clothes.
3.
outward appearance or form.
verb (used with object)
4.
to dress; clothe.

Origin:
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

garbless, adjective
undergarb, noun
ungarbed, adjective


1. style, cut. 2. clothing, dress, costume, attire.
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garb (ɡɑːb)
 
n
1.  clothes, esp the distinctive attire of an occupation or profession: clerical garb
2.  style of dress; fashion
3.  external appearance, covering, or attire
 
vb
4.  (tr) to clothe or cover; attire
 
[C16: from Old French garbe graceful contour, from Old Italian garbo grace, probably of Germanic origin]
 
'garbless
 
adj

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garb
1590s, "elegance, stylishness," from M.Fr. garbe "graceful outline," from It. garbo "grace, elegance," perhaps from Gmc. (cf. O.H.G. gar(a)wi "dress, equipment, preparation;" see gear). Sense of "fashion of dress" is first attested 1620s. The verb is from 1836. Related: Garbed.
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Example sentences
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.
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