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Syllabification: robe
Pronunciation: /rōb

Definition of robe in English:


1A long, loose outer garment.
Example sentences
  • The selection of textiles range from a fragment of printed cotton purchased at a flea market to Parisian couture gowns, African wall hangings and Turkish robes.
  • A boy behind him sews his robe to the prayer mat so that when the meditation is over and he stands up, the mat stands up with him.
  • She wears a long robe patterned with star and sky symbols fringed with delicate pearls.
1.1 (often robes) A long, loose garment worn on formal or ceremonial occasions as an indication of the wearer’s office or profession.
Example sentences
  • She designed the clothes, which range from suave street garb to ceremonial robes.
  • He wears his red robes of office as Judge of the King's Bench.
  • Whereas Erasmus wears the black robes of an academic, the archbishop dresses in priestly white.
1.2A dressing gown or bathrobe.
Example sentences
  • She wrapped a red silk robe around herself and tied it.
  • I would have wrapped my warm, terry cloth robe about me, but it wasn't in the bathroom.
  • She carefully got out wiping her smooth legs dry then putting on the terry cotton robe to answer the door.
bathrobe, dressing gown, kimono, housecoat, kaftan, cover-up, wrapper
2North American dated A small blanket; lap robe.


[with object] (usually as adjective robed) Back to top  
1Clothe in a long, loose outer garment: a circle of robed figures [in combination]: a white-robed Bedouin
More example sentences
  • Instead of being robed in the skin of a lion or a leopard that is customary for African royalty, he is clad in a cape made from the skin of some wild animal.
  • Simeon directs his song of praise to an elevated, imposing high priest in a scene dominated by an even more imposing crowned, splendidly robed temple guardian.
  • They are robed in ermine-trimmed royal red, as in Snow White.
1.1 [no object] Put on robes, especially for a formal or ceremonial occasion: I went into the vestry and robed for the Mass
dress, vest, clothe oneself
formal enrobe


Middle English: from Old French, from the Germanic base (in the sense 'booty') of rob (because clothing was an important component of booty).

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