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

Twitter user @fadisborn then ran with the meme by creating a series of videos featuring SpongeBob in a variety of locations decked out in some sort of stereotypical garb from each place. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Say Goodbye to the Season With the Best Memes of Summer From Hot Girl Summer to #ChickenWars," 30 Aug. 2019 The focus is on Vietnam this year, and the festival’s Gateway Village area features activities such as a bun bo hue-eating contest, talks about the past and present of Vietnam and a photo booth where people can try on traditional Vietnamese garb. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Denver Post, "Dragon Boat Festival brings culture, camaraderie, friendly competition to Denver," 27 July 2019 The focus is on Vietnam this year, and the festival’s Gateway Village area will feature activities like a bun bo hue-eating contest, talks about the past and present of Vietnam and a photo booth where people can try on traditional Vietnamese garb. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "Dragon Boat Festival will feature a spicy noodle soup-eating contest this upcoming weekend," 22 July 2019 Elsewhere, Lizzo served up a perfect denim Labor Day look, while rumored couple Margaret Qualley and Pete Davidson were spotted holding hands in casual summer garb. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Timothée Chalamet's Tuxedo and Lizzo's Denim Bustier Made My Weekend," 3 Sep. 2019 Trip tip: Visit during the second weekend in May for the Medieval Festival, when acrobats perform jaw-dropping tricks on the castle walls for crowds dressed in medieval garb. National Geographic, "Ibiza beyond the clubs: 10 can’t-miss experiences," 16 Aug. 2019 During this promotion, folks who post on social media photos of themselves in superhero garb inside the attraction (and use #SEALIFESuperheroes) will be entered to win prizes. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Sea Life Orlando: Aquarium touts its ‘Underwater Superheroes’," 9 July 2019 Tafoya on the field remained committed to her 1920s garb, too. Charlotte Wilder, SI.com, "We Didn't Get A Collinsworth Slide, But TNF Did Give Us Throwback Costumes," 6 Sep. 2019 Its popularity extends to the continent, where filmgoers from Lagos to Nairobi dress in Afro-futurist garb for screenings. The Economist, "The success of “Black Panther” is spurring demand for African comics," 28 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "On Theater: A ‘Titanic’ hit musical at the Attic Community Theatre," 12 Aug. 2019 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

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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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