garb

noun
\ ˈgärb \

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

NY Post Trends Seeing the Orange is the New Black cast out of their prison jumpsuits is the new seeing the Game of Thrones cast out of their Westeros garb, which was the new seeing the Downton Abbey cast out of Edwardian clothes. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Morning Headlines: Why Mayim Bialik Blogged About Her Divorce, Phillip Lim for Target — and More," 13 Aug. 2013 She was accompanied by her grandson, Prince William, and her daughter, Princess Anne, who also donned the ceremonial garb for the service. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Unveiled a Regal New Portrait of Herself at the Palace of Holyroodhouse," 30 Nov. 2018 Anyway, in the Kawaii! Room car, the company is outfitting windows, walls, floors, head, and armrests in Hello Kitty garb, while riders who reserve a ticket will be able to take pictures in a themed photo booth with a giant Hello Kitty doll. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Hello Kitty bullet train unveiled in Japan," 27 June 2018 Toward the end of the performance, Mill was joined onstage by men in orange prison garb carrying cell bars that eventually were dropped. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Meek Mill, Miguel debut powerful song 'Stay Woke' at 2018 BET Awards," 25 June 2018 Pretending to be a combination of the two most famous women from each show, Schumer portrays a Carrie Bradshaw-as-Offred character, sitting at a lunch table with the other handmaids in the typical Gilead garb of red robes and off-white bonnets. Alix Langone, Time, "The Handmaid's Tale," 13 May 2018 Dress to impress in Derby garb to watch the races and enjoy a complimentary mint julep. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Kentucky Derby Parties, Hats Optional," 2 May 2018 Stoke's Jack Butland and Roma's Alisson have already tested out the new garb ahead of this summer's World Cup in Russia. SI.com, "PHOTOS: How G-lovely! Nike Unveil Revolutionary Gloves Ahead of 2018 World Cup," 10 Feb. 2018 Kristen wore the garb as part of her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday with guest host Dave Grohl (of the Foo Fighters), who was dressed as David Letterman. Courtney Campbell, Country Living, "Kristen Bell Channels Tom Selleck In Her Hilarious "Magnum P.I." Costume," 2 Nov. 2017

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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 As all the celebrities arrived at the chapel for the ceremony, garbed in their royal best, there was one star in particular who set himself apart from the crowd. Fox News, "Elton John caught frowning during Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's wedding," 19 May 2018 There’s an earthy duet for Dores André and Luke Ingham, a corps garbed like centurions, a fellow (Wei Wang) in chalky white makeup, alternately toting a gold fishing rod and standing on his head and a general air of decadence. Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pita’s ‘Bjork Ballet’ a stunning work in S.F. Ballet’s final Unbound program," 27 Apr. 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 \

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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