robe

noun
\ˈrōb \

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

robe

verb
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

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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

Hassan, who wears the black robe and full face veil of ultra-conservative Muslim women, is angry at Hamas, which has fought three cross-border wars with Israel. The Christian Science Monitor, "Amid growing poverty in Gaza, aid trickles in," 8 June 2018 Helena Quinn’s full-length Garden floral-print silk robe is chic, comfortable and practical for mom to wear during her downtime. $215. Melissa Magsaysay, latimes.com, "Mother's Day gift guide: Show mom how much you care by giving her one of these gifts," 3 May 2018 In the clip, Duff and a buddy toast each other while wearing robes. Korin Miller, SELF, "Hilary Duff May Have Eaten Sushi While Pregnant and Everyone Needs to Chill Out About It," 13 July 2018 Television news crews held cameras aloft as onlookers sought blessings from monks wearing red robes. George Styllis, latimes.com, "Water pumps, drills and Buddhist prayers power desperate search for boys trapped in Thailand cave," 1 July 2018 Finally, the camera cut away and returned to Mendes wearing Potter’s robes. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Shawn Mendes Reveals His Extreme Harry Potter Obsession During Carpool Karaoke Ride — Watch," 5 June 2018 The graduating seniors, wearing black robes and white stoles, viewed a tribute to the slain students and teachers on the football stadium’s video display board. Terry Spencer, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Keep making us proud,’ Jimmy Fallon tells Parkland students," 3 June 2018 At one point, officers dragged from the crowd a man wearing regal red robes and a crown, shutting down his mocking commentary on Mr. Putin’s style of rule. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "Aleksei Navalny Detained at Protest on Eve of Putin’s Inauguration," 5 May 2018 Before that, my only previous brush with matters royal had been at Columbia, where the chapel choir wore red robes, a privilege bestowed by the Crown before the American Revolution, when the university was called King’s College. Milton Gendel, Vanities, "Inside the Queen’s Royal Retreat at Balmoral," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of robe

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for robe

Noun

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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robe

noun

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

robe

noun
\ˈrōb \

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

robe

verb
robed; robing

Kids Definition of robe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to dress especially in a robe

robe

noun

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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