Main definitions of garb in US English:

: garb1garb2

garb1

noun

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

    ‘the black and brown garb of a Franciscan friar’
    • ‘Whereas the figures in his earlier works wore either nondescript clothing or costumelike garb, those in his later works are urban and fashionable.’
    • ‘We'll be dressed in medieval garb (like many of the people at Mass).’
    • ‘He was dressed in prison garb of striped shirt, blue sweatshirt and blue jeans turned up at the bottom.’
    • ‘He in particular is singled out in the painting by his broad brimmed hat, distinctive garb, and masterful gesture.’
    • ‘I wear Japanese clothing as ritual garb, and am working on incorporating bits of the Japanese language into ritual chants.’
    • ‘We're having a 70's party, and they want the leadership team to dress in 70's garb.’
    • ‘At the end of the tunnel stood a man dressed in leather garb with a sling of arrows on his back.’
    • ‘We're told the song is from a 1950 movie, so why the costume department dressed her in 1920s garb is beyond me.’
    • ‘The women, however, don anything from '50s pastel prom dresses to time-honoured vixen garb of garters and corsets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some are even dressed in traditional Asian garb from Taiwan's aboriginal tribes and in Chinese Cheongsam silk gowns.’
    • ‘Women were dressed in Norwegian traditional garb, which is usually worn on May 17, Norway's National Day.’
    • ‘He wore a loose brown garb with billowing sleeves to allow the cool air in.’
    • ‘The Maya wear both modern Western-style clothing and traditional garb (although the latter is more commonly worn by women).’
    • ‘He'll be given the standard prison garb, the uniform, which is basically a denim shirt, blue jeans and some boots.’
    • ‘Traditional male Catalan garb includes the distinctive barretina, a sock-shaped, red woolen hat that can be seen at festivals.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Bulgarian star was garbed in a British national team leotard, due to lost luggage at the airport.’
    • ‘Most were garbed in dove-hunting attire and driving new SUVs.’
    • ‘Many were still garbed in the period medieval garments that had been required, but no one seemed to notice him.’
    • ‘The Old Woman from the Royal Collection chuckles in her reverie, amused by the fantastic costume Rembrandt has garbed her in.’
    • ‘He was garbed in a stately light blue tunic, with gold trimming decorating the chest and sleeves.’
    • ‘Most characters are garbed with neutral tones of gray and beige perhaps indicative of the simplicity of Larry's life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was garbed in ranger clothes, with soft hide boots and a bow of yew in his hands.’
    • ‘All of this enticed David to go up to the booth master who was garbed in purple linens from head to foot.’
    • ‘Even the people were garbed in turn-of-the-millennium clothing.’
    • ‘All the women looked so beautiful - though few were actually fair in face, all were flawlessly garbed and made up.’
    • ‘All are garbed in casual street wear, their perspectivally large feet clad in brand-name boots or sneakers.’
    • ‘Ian was garbed in his normal riding clothes, but Erial, being at home, was wearing a simple but elegant white work dress.’
    • ‘The male guardians had been garbed in similar clothes to Nick, minus the cloth.’
    • ‘She was garbed in what were usually her ‘boy’ clothes, consisting of large sweaters and loose pants.’
    • ‘She was garbed in a lavender gown with silver trim that complemented her lavender-blue eyes.’
    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

/ɡɑrb//ɡärb/

Main definitions of garb in US English:

: garb1garb2

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

/ɡɑrb//ɡärb/