\ ˈrōb How to pronounce robe (audio) \

Definition of robe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a long flowing outer garment especially : one used for ceremonial occasions or as a symbol of office or profession
b : a loose garment (such as a bathrobe) for informal wear especially at home
2 : covering, mantle peaks on the axis of the range in their robes of snow and light— John Muir
3 : a covering of pelts or fabric for the lower body used while driving or at outdoor events


robed; robing

Definition of robe (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to clothe or cover with or as if with a robe

intransitive verb

1 : to put on a robe
2 : dress

Examples of robe in a Sentence

Noun The priest wore a purple robe. with the coming of spring the hills will once again don their robes of green Verb robed the queen in her ceremonial garments
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Printed on a page labeled Ralph Shearer Northam, the photo depicted one person in blackface standing next to another in a Ku Klux Klan robe. Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2022 Maxwell led Kate upstairs in her townhome to a bedroom where Epstein stood in a robe, gave Kate massage oil, and closed the door behind her. Lauren Del Valle And Eric Levenson, CNN, 15 Dec. 2021 Suffredin’s arguments failed to persuade the bar group, though, leaving Gleffe and his team of 13th Ward cheerleaders to depend on their political prowess to put him in a black robe. Ray Long,, 10 Dec. 2021 An additional photo depicts Simonetti, still dressed as the Virgin Mary, with a man in a pink robe embracing him from behind. Timothy Nerozzi, Fox News, 3 Dec. 2021 She’s dressed in a long robe printed with black and saffron yellow flowers reminiscent of the black-eyed Susans growing along a fieldstone wall outside. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, 15 Nov. 2021 Clad in a floral robe with fluffy sleeves, the model and her pal tried to find a way into the wall. Jeva Lange, The Week, 24 Aug. 2021 One such moment comes early in Season 3, when Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister, played by Helena Bonham Carter, is shown flouncing through the courtyard of Kensington Palace in a psychedelic silk robe and matching nightgown. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2021 As for the bottoms, team with the matching bikini as below, overt bikini, suspenders, skirt, and intricate robe. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Consider this ultra-cozy cotton terry cloth robe the Netflix & Chill version of the Little Black Dress. Alexandra Cavallo, USA TODAY, 1 June 2020

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First Known Use of robe


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for robe


Middle English, from Anglo-French, booty, clothing, robe, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German roubōn to rob

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The first known use of robe was in the 13th century

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14 Jan 2022

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“Robe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of robe

: a long, loose piece of clothing that is worn on top of other clothes to show that someone has a high rank or an important job
: a loose piece of clothing that wraps around your body and that you wear before or after bathing, swimming, etc., or while resting at home


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Kids Definition of robe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a long loose or flowing garment a judge's robe
2 : a loose garment worn especially after bathing or while relaxing at home


robed; robing

Kids Definition of robe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to dress especially in a robe



Legal Definition of robe

: the legal profession especially : the position of a judge usually used with the [his]…decision to decline the robe — H. B. Zobel

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