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garb

[gahrb] /gɑrb/
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 of garb
1585-1595
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
Synonyms
1. style, cut. 2. clothing, dress, costume, attire.
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  • During the trip, appropriately-garbed musicians stroll through the train, singing and telling tales of the old days.
  • There are the nurses and the surgeons garbed in white.
  • Ornately garbed captains join the band in precision drills.
  • Specially-garbed personnel scrub each side of the panel with special brushes to create a gritty texture.
  • garbed in a wet suit, swim fins, and goggles he walked into the river and laid on his back until he floated.
  • Locals garbed in blue jeans and cowboy boots may sit next to movie stars.
  • He did not as in other cities, wear a uniform, but was garbed in a gray business suit.
British Dictionary definitions for garbed

garb

/ɡɑːb/
noun
1.
clothes, esp the distinctive attire of an occupation or profession: clerical garb
2.
style of dress; fashion
3.
external appearance, covering, or attire
verb
4.
(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 garbed

garb

n.

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.

v.

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

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