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robe

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noun \ˈrōb\

Simple Definition of robe

  • : a long, loose piece of clothing that is worn on top of other clothes to show that someone has a high rank or an important job

  • : a loose piece of clothing that wraps around your body and that you wear before or after bathing, swimming, etc., or while resting at home

Full Definition of robe

  1. 1 a :  a long flowing outer garment; especially :  one used for ceremonial occasions or as a symbol of office or profession b :  a loose garment (as a bathrobe) for informal wear especially at home

  2. 2 :  covering, mantle <peaks on the axis of the range in their robes of snow and light — John Muir>

  3. 3 :  a covering of pelts or fabric for the lower body used while driving or at outdoor events

Examples of robe

  1. The priest wore a purple robe.

  2. <with the coming of spring the hills will once again don their robes of green>



Origin of robe

Middle English, from Anglo-French, booty, clothing, robe, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German roubōn to rob


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with robe


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robe

verb

Definition of robe

robedrob·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to clothe or cover with or as if with a robe

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to put on a robe

  5. 2 :  dress



Examples of robe

  1. <robed the queen in her ceremonial garments>



14th Century

First Known Use of robe

14th century



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