Main definitions of garb in English

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garb1

noun

  • [mass noun] Clothing, especially of a distinctive or special kind:

    ‘kids in combat garb’
    • ‘He in particular is singled out in the painting by his broad brimmed hat, distinctive garb, and masterful gesture.’
    • ‘The women, however, don anything from '50s pastel prom dresses to time-honoured vixen garb of garters and corsets.’
    • ‘Whereas the figures in his earlier works wore either nondescript clothing or costumelike garb, those in his later works are urban and fashionable.’
    • ‘But despite a high-profile campaign in the city, which involved people dressed in Elizabethan garb urging shoppers to vote, in the end it failed to capture the public's imagination.’
    • ‘He wore a loose brown garb with billowing sleeves to allow the cool air in.’
    • ‘At the end of the tunnel stood a man dressed in leather garb with a sling of arrows on his back.’
    • ‘I wear Japanese clothing as ritual garb, and am working on incorporating bits of the Japanese language into ritual chants.’
    • ‘Women were dressed in Norwegian traditional garb, which is usually worn on May 17, Norway's National Day.’
    • ‘Other examples in the two inch thick cardboard bound volume include rousing poems exhorting the empire to action, and photos of Egyptian women dressed proudly in traditional garb.’
    • ‘We'll be dressed in medieval garb (like many of the people at Mass).’
    • ‘We're told the song is from a 1950 movie, so why the costume department dressed her in 1920s garb is beyond me.’
    • ‘At the start of the bulletin there is a short announcement from a middle aged lady, dressed in traditional Korean garb, and standing in front of a plain bluescreen.’
    • ‘Traditional male Catalan garb includes the distinctive barretina, a sock-shaped, red woolen hat that can be seen at festivals.’
    • ‘The Maya wear both modern Western-style clothing and traditional garb (although the latter is more commonly worn by women).’
    • ‘We're having a 70's party, and they want the leadership team to dress in 70's garb.’
    • ‘He was dressed in prison garb of striped shirt, blue sweatshirt and blue jeans turned up at the bottom.’
    • ‘When McDonald's launched its first Hello Kitty promotion last January, thousands queued up, some overnight, for the plush toys dressed in wedding garb from different countries.’
    • ‘At a gathering of nuns in Washington in 1979, he ordered the sisters to dress in proper religious garb and to remember their true vocation as acquiescent helpers.’
    • ‘He'll be given the standard prison garb, the uniform, which is basically a denim shirt, blue jeans and some boots.’
    • ‘Some are even dressed in traditional Asian garb from Taiwan's aboriginal tribes and in Chinese Cheongsam silk gowns.’
    clothes, clothing, garments, attire, dress, costume, outfit, wear, uniform, turnout, array
    livery, regalia, trappings, finery
    gear, get-up, togs, garms, rig-out, duds, glad rags
    clobber
    threads
    apparel
    raiment, habiliment, habit, vestments
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Dress in distinctive clothes:

    ‘she was garbed in Indian shawls’
    • ‘She was garbed in what were usually her ‘boy’ clothes, consisting of large sweaters and loose pants.’
    • ‘He was garbed in ranger clothes, with soft hide boots and a bow of yew in his hands.’
    • ‘She was still garbed in his clothes and her hips were swaying slightly to the tune she was humming.’
    • ‘He was garbed in a long navy blue trench coat, which was closed up by a set of buckles in the front.’
    • ‘She was garbed in a lavender gown with silver trim that complemented her lavender-blue eyes.’
    • ‘The Bulgarian star was garbed in a British national team leotard, due to lost luggage at the airport.’
    • ‘All of this enticed David to go up to the booth master who was garbed in purple linens from head to foot.’
    • ‘The male guardians had been garbed in similar clothes to Nick, minus the cloth.’
    • ‘The director goes one step further with his contemporary spin by garbing actors with clothes that look like something out of The Importance of Being Earnest.’
    • ‘All the women looked so beautiful - though few were actually fair in face, all were flawlessly garbed and made up.’
    • ‘Most were garbed in dove-hunting attire and driving new SUVs.’
    • ‘Most characters are garbed with neutral tones of gray and beige perhaps indicative of the simplicity of Larry's life.’
    • ‘The Old Woman from the Royal Collection chuckles in her reverie, amused by the fantastic costume Rembrandt has garbed her in.’
    • ‘Many were still garbed in the period medieval garments that had been required, but no one seemed to notice him.’
    • ‘He was garbed in a laced-up green tunic, gauntlets, spats, and khaki pants with large stitches up the front and back seams.’
    • ‘Even the people were garbed in turn-of-the-millennium clothing.’
    • ‘It is a contingent fact that I am garbed in stripes.’
    • ‘Ian was garbed in his normal riding clothes, but Erial, being at home, was wearing a simple but elegant white work dress.’
    • ‘He was garbed in a stately light blue tunic, with gold trimming decorating the chest and sleeves.’
    • ‘All are garbed in casual street wear, their perspectivally large feet clad in brand-name boots or sneakers.’
    dress, clothe, attire, fit out, turn out, trick out, trick up, kit out, costume, array, robe, accoutre, cover
    get up, doll up
    tart up
    bedizen, apparel
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Origin

Late 16th century: via French from Italian garbo elegance, of Germanic origin; related to gear.

Pronunciation:

garb

/ɡɑːb/

Main definitions of garb in English

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garb2

noun

Heraldry
  • A sheaf of wheat.

    • ‘Traditionally, the garb of wheat represents both farming and hospitality.’

Origin

Early 16th century: from Old Northern French garbe; compare with French gerbe.

Pronunciation:

garb

/ɡɑːb/