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 email also included images of a fake chair with a hole cut in the seat like a toilet and a man dressed in Confederate garb. Jay Reeves, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 In the nearby Diamond District, where jewelry salesmen wear the distinctive black garb of ultra-Orthodox Jews, a woman was burned by fireworks thrown from the back of a pickup truck. Ron Grossman, chicagotribune.com, 31 May 2021 Sitting among the travelers is a group of men in camouflage, the garb that U.S. authorities say smugglers use to blend into the Texas terrain. Dallas News, 8 May 2021 Rather than clad in their leafy garb, distant trees still seemed cloaked in a pale haze of tentative new buds. Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2021 After a year of wearing extremely relaxed garb, the borders of casual clothing have never looked blurrier. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 12 Apr. 2021 The email address later sent photos of someone wearing Confederate garb posing on a chair, that looked like the missing one, with a hole cut out. Kim Chandler, Star Tribune, 9 Apr. 2021 The testing program was overseen by senior health officials who often sent staff — outfitted in full protective garb, including face shields and scrubs — to do in-home tests. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2021 The young stars glow, Wiz bare-chested and draped in diamonds, Tems in slick braids and flowing garb. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 9 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 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, 30 Apr. 2020 Teams were garbed in matching uniforms with their business names or sponsor logos. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, 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, 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, 12 Aug. 2019 Accordingly, the scientists are garbed in white onesies, gloves, booties and hairnets. Jordan Wilkerson, Dallas News, 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, 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of garb

Noun

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1673, 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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“Garb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/garb. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for garb

garb

noun

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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