Main definitions of garb in English

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noun

  • Clothing or dress, especially of a distinctive or special kind.

    ‘the black and brown garb of a Franciscan friar’
    • ‘I wear Japanese clothing as ritual garb, and am working on incorporating bits of the Japanese language into ritual chants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 was dressed in prison garb of striped shirt, blue sweatshirt and blue jeans turned up at the bottom.’
    • ‘At the end of the tunnel stood a man dressed in leather garb with a sling of arrows on his back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Maya wear both modern Western-style clothing and traditional garb (although the latter is more commonly worn by women).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Traditional male Catalan garb includes the distinctive barretina, a sock-shaped, red woolen hat that can be seen at festivals.’
    • ‘We're told the song is from a 1950 movie, so why the costume department dressed her in 1920s garb is beyond me.’
    • ‘He wore a loose brown garb with billowing sleeves to allow the cool air in.’
    • ‘Some are even dressed in traditional Asian garb from Taiwan's aboriginal tribes and in Chinese Cheongsam silk gowns.’
    • ‘He in particular is singled out in the painting by his broad brimmed hat, distinctive garb, and masterful gesture.’
    • ‘Women were dressed in Norwegian traditional garb, which is usually worn on May 17, Norway's National Day.’
    • ‘We'll be dressed in medieval garb (like many of the people at Mass).’
    • ‘We're having a 70's party, and they want the leadership team to dress in 70's garb.’
    • ‘He'll be given the standard prison garb, the uniform, which is basically a denim shirt, blue jeans and some boots.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    clothes, clothing, garments, attire, dress, costume, outfit, wear, uniform, turnout, array
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]usually be garbed
  • Dress in distinctive clothes.

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

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

Pronunciation

garb

/ɡärb//ɡɑrb/

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

/ɡärb//ɡɑrb/