\ 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


garbed; garbing; garbs

Definition of garb (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover with or as if with clothing

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As if to prove her point, the terminal was jampacked with ill-shod travelers whose overall garb suggested they were headed out for a beach day or to Everest base camp. New York Times, 3 Aug. 2022 Here, even, the author mentions former President Trump’s stated preference for Norwegian immigrants, along with a photo of the man who stormed the U.S. Capitol in Viking garb and tattoos related to Norse mythology. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 23 July 2022 Surrounded by family and supporters, Hernandez, 63, wore garb familiar around San Antonio for many years. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 18 July 2022 And today that means a particular retro aesthetic that’s come to dominate tennis garb. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, 8 July 2022 Complete with matching early-aughts garb, the pair wowed the audience with a powerhouse version of the 2002 tune. Justine Browning,, 7 July 2022 Wrangler showed up for its OR debut with a whole new line of apparel—All Terrain Gear—that skews less hunting, fishing, and ranchwear, more versatile outdoor garb. Julie Dugdale, Outside Online, 11 June 2022 Khaki has long been a popular color of cargo pants and military garb. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 10 June 2022 Cardigans went from unironic old-man garb to ultra-hip Kurt Cobain rock ‘n’ roll clothing to, today, a legit fashion choice for cats of all ages, and that means you. Josh Max, Forbes, 9 June 2022 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 |, 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 See More

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First Known Use of garb


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1673, in the meaning defined above

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


derivative of garb entry 1

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Kids Definition of garb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: style or kind of clothing medieval garb


garbed; garbing

Kids Definition of garb (Entry 2 of 2)

: clothe sense 1 She was plainly garbed.

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