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garb

noun \ ˈgärb \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of garb

1 obsolete :fashion, manner
2 a :a style of apparel
b :outward form :appearance

Examples of garb in a Sentence

  1. decided to clothe himself in traditional Scottish garb for the celebration

  2. a fable about personal redemption presented in the garb of a conventional horror story

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Origin and Etymology of garb

borrowed from Middle French & Italian; Middle French garbe "graceful contour, grace," borrowed from Italian garbo "grace, charm, good manners, form, outline of a ship's hull made from wood pieces," of uncertain origin
Note: If the sense "outline of a ship's hull" is prior to the more abstract senses, the modern Italian word probably continues an earlier etymon represented by (alleged) medieval Genoese dialect garibu in the sense "model of a hull," itself ultimately a loan from Arabic qālib "mold, shoemaker's last" (see caliber); details of attestation are thus far incompletely documented, however. An earlier hypothesis connecting garbo (and the related verb garbare "to be becoming to, please") to Germanic *garwjan- "to prepare, make ready" (presumably via Gothic; see 1gear, yare) is questionable on semantic and phonetic grounds.

garb Synonyms


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garb

verb

Definition of garb

transitive verb
:to cover with or as if with clothing

Examples of garb in a Sentence

  1. firefighters garbed in protective gear

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Origin and Etymology of garb

derivative of 1garb


GARB Defined for English Language Learners

garb

noun

Definition of garb for English Language Learners

  • : a particular style or type of clothing


garb

verb

Definition of garb for English Language Learners

  • : to dress (someone) in a particular type of clothing


GARB Defined for Kids

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garb

noun \ ˈgärb \

Definition of garb for Students

:style or kind of clothing
  • medieval garb

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garb

verb

Definition of garb for Students

garbed; garbing
:clothe 1
  • She was plainly garbed.


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