robe

noun
\ 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

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

Minaj, who is known for her provocative dance moves and lyrics, would be performing in front of female fans who are expected to wear modest full-length robes known as an abaya. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Nicki Minaj cancels Saudi Arabia concert 'after careful reflection'," 9 July 2019 Not all heroes wear capes, some wear robes like Darius Garland. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "NBA Draft transforms into fashion show," 20 June 2019 Palm Sunday marks the beginning of celebrations, and the faithful mark the occasion by wearing long robes and participating in candle-carrying processions. Marie Milano, Country Living, "When Is Palm Sunday, and Why Does the Date Always Change?," 8 Mar. 2019 The thousands of protesters, many wearing white teachers’ robes, came from across Morocco to Rabat to seek salary raises and promotions and protest the limited opportunities for low-ranking teachers, who earn an average of 400 euros ($454) a month. Amira El Masaiti, The Seattle Times, "Morocco: Arab Spring anniversary brings reflection, beatings," 20 Feb. 2019 More than 50 Parsis, including priests wearing traditional white robes and hats and women wearing headscarves, turned up at the Bombay High Court during a hearing in July. Corinne Abrams, WSJ, "‘You Have to Actually Cut Open Mumbai’s Belly’—Inside One of the World’s Most Audacious Transit Projects," 6 Jan. 2019 Emily Ratajkowski and Hailey Baldwin, both wearing the custom yellow, white, and gold robes Versace gave to all the models, caught up nearby. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Watch What Happened Behind the Scenes at Versace’s Mega Pre-Fall 2019 Show in New York," 6 Dec. 2018 Many women have taken to wearing the red robes from the series during reproductive rights demonstrations, and some even wore the costume to protest the confirmation of controversial Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Margaret Atwood Is Writing a Sequel to 'The Handmaid's Tale'," 28 Nov. 2018 Oysters on the half shell are as easy to find as robes at the Supreme Court. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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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
chiefly US : 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 How to pronounce robe (audio) \

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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