Definition of robe in English:

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Pronunciation: /rōb/


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.
2North American dated A small blanket; lap robe.


[with object] (usually as adjective robed)
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).

Words that rhyme with robe

daube, enrobe, globe, Job, lobe, probe, strobe

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Syllabification: robe

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