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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for garbs

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 garbs

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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