garb

1 of 2

noun

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

garb

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verb

garbed; garbing; garbs

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
The company made jeans the standard garb for people around the world. Dev Patnaik, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 Downey declares while dressed in tourist garb and a sun hat. Brendan Le, Peoplemag, 29 Mar. 2024 In front of Cordero and the officers were two officers in military garb and several spectators. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 13 Mar. 2024 Her colorful garbs stand out from the background of the photo which is gloomy and dark. Thania Garcia, Variety, 5 Mar. 2024 For long daytime hours, the sky seemed draped in the dull gray garb of winter. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2024 Guides dress in period garb and spin sinister tales of spirits trapped between worlds. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 11 Jan. 2024 Musgraves took the stage with her band in old timey garb for an emotional performance of the album cut. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 15 Mar. 2024 There were a few from that on-field celebration, some from the game and one of him walking off the field in his game-day garb, carrying a Louis Vuitton duffle in one hand and a beverage in the other. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2024
Verb
Floral sculptures appear throughout the store, including one that is garbed in a silk robe. Kailyn Brown, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2024 The large-scale work shows two men, one richly garbed and another in religious dress, leaned against a table stuffed with objects. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 14 July 2023 In the commercial, Downey, garbed in a suit and sneakers, answers rapid-fire questions from casting directors about cybersecurity. Bailey Allen, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Mar. 2023 The modern au courant guest rooms are garbed in maritime shades of blue, gray and cream. Laura Manske, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2023 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

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1673, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of garb was in 1600

Dictionary Entries Near garb

Cite this Entry

“Garb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/garb. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

garb

noun
ˈgärb
1
: style of dress
2
: outward form : appearance
garb verb

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