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

Cowell, dressed in red jail garb, made an appearance at Wednesday’s hearing but did not speak. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Doctor finds Nia Wilson’s alleged killer at BART station fit to stand trial," 17 July 2019 The sound of bagpipes will be heard in the distance this weekend as men and women dressed in Scottish garb demonstrate their skills and agility at the 46th annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games. San Diego Union-Tribune, "11 things to do in San Diego this weekend: San Diego Scottish Highland Games, Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-off, Old Globe’s ‘As You Like It’," 21 June 2019 Friday, Kohut’s codefendants sat in red jail garb as Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Stephen Siegel continued the case that has made national headlines. Michael Todd, The Mercury News, "Santa Cruz prosecution seeks to uphold dismissed charges against brain surgeon accused of child rape," 10 June 2019 In the video, Beyoncé appears and dances in front of the statue in garb that mimics the structure of the angelic wings and coverings of the statue; however, that’s not the only way that the video uses wings to send a message. Cady Lang, Time, "Art History Experts Explain the Meaning of the Art in Beyoncé and Jay Z's 'Apesh-t' Video," 16 June 2018 Their dad, Prince William, was also present in military garb. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Fell at Trooping the Colour—But Kate Middleton Saved the Day," 9 June 2018 Award-winning cosplayer Becka Noel will be one of eight special guests strutting around Houston's Comicpalooza decked out in fantastical garb. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Cosplay character specializing in weapons, armor prepares for Houston's Comicpalooza," 9 May 2018 Enhance your glorious garb with professional face painting and body painting. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 23 June 2019 But Judge Lieberman and the prosecutor, Major Ben Bar, had more than just their military garb in common. Batya Ungar-sargon, The New York Review of Books, "A Palestinian in Israeli Military Court: Issa Amro, the Judge, & Me," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Other images show families huddled together garbed in the over-sized sweatshirts, along with kids and teens posing in an array of crop tops, hoodies and biker shorts. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Kanye West launches Yeezy campaign with nude Kim Kardashian lookalike models," 13 June 2018 The Duchess of Cambridge and her mother-in-law, Camilla, both garbed in pale blue outfits, rode in carriages behind Markle and Harry. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Meghan Markle attends annual Trooping the Colour parade, makes Buckingham Palace balcony debut," 9 June 2018 Maria Pinhiero’s family could contend for the title as one of the most patriotically garbed at Orlando’s Fourth of July celebration at Lake Eola. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Fireworks dazzle as Orlando comes together to celebrate Independence Day," 4 July 2018 The remaining members of the company (which numbers 10) are garbed in Cassidy Haley’s shiny black sci-fi outfits; most have character names, though what differentiates them is difficult to discern. Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle, "Robert Dekkers’ ‘Red Shoes’ not quite the right fit at Diablo Ballet," 5 May 2018 Buy Photo Hundreds of tie-dye garbed, jam band-loving fans will be lining up at the Ardmore Music Hall this weekend for two special Father’s Day, matinee-edition Grateful Dead tribute shows. Jonathan Takiff, Philly.com, "Hopped up on fruit snacks, tiny fans rock out to Grateful Dead, Beatles at concerts for kids," 13 June 2018 Idris Elba and his girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre walked into the chapel hand in hand with garbed in black outfits. Fox News, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's wedding full of A-listers from George Clooney to Oprah to Serena Williams," 19 May 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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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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