• IPA: /ɡɑː(ɹ)b/


  1. Fashion, style of dressing oneself up. [from late 16thc.]
  2. A type of dress or clothing. [from early 17thc.]
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0108 ↗:
      This new-comer was a man who in any company would have seemed striking. […] Indeed, all his features were in large mold, like the man himself, as though he had come from a day when skin garments made the proper garb of men.
  3. (figurative) A guise, external appearance.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene i]:
      You thought, because he could not speak English in the native garb, he could not therefore handle an English cudgel.
  • Portuguese: traje
  • Russian: оде́жда

garb (garbs, present participle garbing; past and past participle garbed)

  1. (transitive) To dress in garb.

garb (plural garbs)

  1. (heraldiccharge) A wheat sheaf.
  2. A measure of arrows in the Middle Ages.
    • 1957, H. R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry, page 118.
      Yorkshire supplied 500 bows, and 580 garbs of arrows, 360 of which had iron heads pointed with steel.''

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