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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These holy woods are also home to the mystical Yamabushi, mountain hermit monks in Merlin-like white robes carrying horagai, or conch-shell trumpets. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018 The liturgical performers wear white robes; the street people are dressed in modern casual clothes ( Christine Crook did the costumes). Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Mass: A Theater Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers’ Review: Timeless Bernstein," 18 July 2018 USA TODAY Immigration judge questions children John Richardson, the immigration judge who handles juvenile hearings, took his seat at the front of the courtroom wearing a black robe and got right to work. Daniel González, azcentral, "'Do you want to go back to Guatemala?' Court gives glimpse into migrant family separations," 22 June 2018 In it, Buckley stands in a black hooded robe, red Klan cross on his chest, white rope around his waist. Washington Post, "In the Army and the Klan, he hated Muslims.," 5 June 2018 Compare that to her 1989 original: Naturally, the pop star made her entrance at the top of the staircase in a hooded robe, but her backup dancers helped her change out of the garment to reveal a white corseted look underneath. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Madonna Performed at the Met Gala and Of Course She Sang "Like a Prayer"," 8 May 2018 The figure, which was said to dwarf visitors to the temple, sat on a massive throne, clad in a golden robe covered in a relief of animals and lilies and clutching a massive golden scepter. Bloomberg.com, "Has the Best Art in the World Been Destroyed?," 2 May 2018 In the conversation, Jake is not only dressed in a gaudy robe but is piling on topping after topping on a late-night bowl of ice cream. Josh Spiegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why John Boyega Rises Above 'Pacific Rim'," 24 Mar. 2018 Bergman's image of Death - a man in a hooded black robe with a white painted face - underscored the film's larger theme: Salvation in a damned world. John Petkovic, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cinematheque Ingmar Bergman film series marks centennial of Swedish master," 2 Jan. 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
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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