garb

noun
\ ˈgärb How to pronounce garb (audio) \

Definition of garb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

garb

verb
garbed; garbing; garbs

Definition of garb (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover with or as if with clothing

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Examples of garb in a Sentence

Noun decided to clothe himself in traditional Scottish garb for the celebration a fable about personal redemption presented in the garb of a conventional horror story Verb firefighters garbed in protective gear
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The few clothing options available were shapeless, drab and closer to hospital garb than anything that could come off a New York runway. Veronika Bondarenko, NBC News, "Adaptive clothing for women and men that is stylish and functional," 9 June 2020 Last spring, a photo from Northam's 1984 medical yearbook that showed two men, one wearing Ku Klux Klan garb and another wearing blackface, resurfaced. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'No longer the capital of the Confederacy': Virginia to remove Robert E. Lee statue 'as soon as possible'," 4 June 2020 One of the men standing on the vehicle in the photograph was wearing what appeared to be hunting garb. Anchorage Daily News, "Men wearing Hawaiian shirts and carrying guns add a volatile new element to protests," 3 June 2020 There was a car with a Lamborghini Diablo body kit and another with Countach garb. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "19 Cars in Pontiac Fiero Collection Wiped Out by Massive Flood," 29 May 2020 Jenny and the gang toss out guesses on who’s lurking beneath the tiger garb, but Ken is convinced it’s Fabio and that’s all that matters to me. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'The Masked Singer' Recap: Miss Monster Torched By The Villagers," 13 Feb. 2020 Any high school or college senior is entitled to a free Graduate's dozen, no purchase necessary, by presenting class of 2020 swag, valid student ID, or graduation garb. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Krispy Kreme Is Giving The Class of 2020 A Free Assorted Dozens," 18 May 2020 The article mainly asks about whether medical garb should be capitalized on while mentioning the masks that some fashion companies are making. New York Times, "33 Teen-Chosen Quarantine Reads: The Results of Our Special April Challenge," 14 May 2020 Don’t Rush’ video go from pin-up to military garb for the reveal. Fox News, "TikTok’s ‘Don’t Rush Challenge’ is getting a patriotic spin thanks to female veterans," 1 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After about 15 minutes, the troopers separated and allowed the protesters to continue marching to a nearby street but were soon met by more law enforcement officers garbed in riot gear. P. Kim Bui, azcentral, "Tensions rise as hundreds in downtown Phoenix protest death of black man in Minnesota," 29 May 2020 At the time Stigler, the mild-mannered director of the MICU and a Birmingham native, spent long shifts garbed head-to-toe in protective gear, caring for critically ill patients and comforting family members by phone who were desperate for news. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al, "Birmingham ICU past peak, seeing fewer coronavirus cases: “There’s a greater sense of optimism”," 2 May 2020 The heavily tattooed prisoners, garbed in boxer shorts, their shorn heads bowed, are pictured pressed together in precise formation only inches apart, as shotgun-wielding guards in full riot gear eye them ominously. Los Angeles Times, "El Salvador’s president accused of using coronavirus to bolster autocratic agenda," 30 Apr. 2020 Teams were garbed in matching uniforms with their business names or sponsor logos. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Hundreds on hand for kick-off of annual YMCA Dragon boat races," 26 Sep. 2019 The architects brought in Hugo Ballin, a local artist who painted the murals at Griffith Observatory, to create tile murals above the front entrance depicting allegorical figures in Greco-Roman garb that symbolize Trust, Protection and Fidelity. Los Angeles Times, "Spring Street’s revival spreads to a downtown landmark: the Trust Building," 20 Sep. 2019 Crisp’s and Blair’s characters go down with the ship, while Hindley’s grabs a seat in a lifeboat garbed as a woman. Tom Titus, Daily Pilot, "On Theater: A ‘Titanic’ hit musical at the Attic Community Theatre," 12 Aug. 2019 Accordingly, the scientists are garbed in white onesies, gloves, booties and hairnets. Jordan Wilkerson, Dallas News, "At 31,000 years old, two children's teeth and their ancient DNA unravel mystery of human migration," 9 July 2019 Markle turned heads while garbed in a $595 black Judith & Charles plunge neck-line tuxedo mini dress and matching pumps. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Meghan Markle reportedly flew commercial for secret Toronto trip to visit best friend Jessica Mulroney," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of garb

Noun

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for garb

Noun

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 gear entry 1, yare) is questionable on semantic and phonetic grounds.

Verb

derivative of garb entry 1

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18 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Garb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/garb. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for garb

garb

noun
How to pronounce garb (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of garb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a particular style or type of clothing

garb

verb

English Language Learners Definition of garb (Entry 2 of 2)

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

garb

noun
\ ˈgärb How to pronounce garb (audio) \

Kids Definition of garb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: style or kind of clothing medieval garb

garb

verb
garbed; garbing

Kids Definition of garb (Entry 2 of 2)

: clothe sense 1 She was plainly garbed.

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