Definition of robe in English:


Syllabification: robe
Pronunciation: /rōb


  • 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
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    • 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
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    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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