garb

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v garb provide with clothes or put clothes on "Parents must feed and dress their child"
    • n garb clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion "formal attire","battle dress"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Garb gärb (Her) A sheaf of grain (wheat, unless otherwise specified).
    • Garb Clothing in general.
    • Garb Costume; fashion; as, the garb of a gentleman in the 16th century.
    • Garb External appearance, as expressive of the feelings or character; looks; fashion or manner, as of speech. "You thought, because he could not speak English in the native garb , he could not therefore handle an English cudgel."
    • Garb The whole dress or suit of clothes worn by any person, especially when indicating rank or office; as, the garb of a clergyman or a judge.
    • v. t Garb To clothe; array; deck. "These black dog-Dons Garb themselves bravely."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n garb Outward appearance; manner of speech, dress, deportment, etc.; mien; demeanor; hence, mode; manner; fashion; style of doing anything.
    • n garb Fashion or mode of dress, or the dress itself; dress; costume, especially as befitting or peculiar to some particular position or station in life, or characteristic of a class or period: as, dressed in his official garb; in the garb of old Gaul.
    • n garb Synonyms Apparel, garments, raiment, attire, habiliments, costume.
    • garb To dress; clothe; array.
    • n garb A sheaf or bundle, as of grain or arrows: obsolete except in certain specific applications. In heraldry, a garb is a sheaf of any kind of grain, but specifically a sheaf of wheat. When other than wheat, the kind must be expressed. Formerly, a garb of arrows was a bundle of 24 arrows. A garb of steel consists of 30 blocks or ingots. Also gerbe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Garb gärb fashion of dress: external appearance
    • v.t Garb to clothe, array
    • n Garb gärb a sheaf of grain, frequently used in heraldry.
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Quotations

  • John Milton
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    “Thus Belial, with words clothed in reason's garb, counseled ignoble ease, and peaceful sloth, not peace.”
  • Anne Fox
    Anne Fox
    “Of all the characters of cruelty, I consider the most despicable the one that cloaks himself in a garb of mercy.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. garbe, looks, countenance, grace, ornament, fr. OHG. garawī, garwī, ornament, dress. akin to E. gear,. See Gear (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. garbe—Teut., as in Old High Ger. garba, a handful (Ger. garbe, Dut. garf).

Usage

In literature:

It not only strips off the poisoned robe, but it invests with a royal garb.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Your face will hardly correspond to your dress, but those who see the garb won't look any further.
"The Young Bank Messenger" by Horatio Alger
Marlowe quickly stripped off the suit he wore, and arrayed himself in the strange and unfamiliar garb presented.
"Slow and Sure" by Horatio Alger
There were several men in the usual garb of the forests, as well as a number of farmers.
"The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers" by Claude A. Labelle
After leaving Constantinople, Robert resumed his pilgrim's garb, and went on toward the Holy Land.
"William the Conqueror" by Jacob Abbott
Her name was Celeste Arleson, and she was a tall, slender young woman, garbed all in black.
"Patty's Social Season" by Carolyn Wells
No portraiture of a Highlander would be complete without a description of his garb.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Here is a suit of clothes more befitting one of your rank and station, than the garb of an indented slave.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
In the room to which he conducted me were many different styles of air garb.
"Some Naval Yarns" by Mordaunt Hall
Then one morning Luke went to the bank as usual and put on his Quaker garb.
"A Cousin's Conspiracy" by Horatio Alger
A third was garbed in a loose raiment of sheepskin, with the wool inside.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
The chamber of penitence was filled with nuns in their convent-garbs; and the penitents in a state of semi-nudity.
"Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf" by George W. M. Reynolds
Feeling a trifle embarrassed under their glances, he reflected upon the advisability of buying new and more appropriate garb.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
The new-comers were clad in all sorts of fantastic garbs, and many of them were masked.
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
Even in his prison garb, somewhat ragged and squalid, he looked the gentleman and something more.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
The whole beauty of her sinuous figure, in its garb of dazzling white, stood revealed.
"The New Tenant" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
And yet this beauty appears under a russet garb.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Girl, canst thou wear that garb and bear thyself as a man?
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
The difference appears even in the garb of the two periods.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
The land was fair to see in its winter garb.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
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In poetry:

See a maiden, a fair maiden,
Vestured in a garb of yore,
Singing yonder while her lover
Pleads with longing eyes for more!
"The Old Piano" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
And the groves of ancient trees,
In their snowy garb arrayed,
Till they stretch into the gloom
Of the distant valley's shade;
"The Student's Serenade" by Anne Bronte
Welcome children of the Spring,
In your garbs of green and gold,
Lifting up your sun-crowned heads
On the verdant plain and wold.
"Dandelions" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
When you launch your bark for sailing
On the sea of life, O youth!
Clothe your heart and soul and spirit
In the blessèd garb of Truth.
"Breakers" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The spring shall come to deck the earth,
In garb of vernal loveliness;
And sorrow shall abound, and mirth
Betimes shall cheer our deep distress.
"Lines In Memory Of The Late Ven. Archdeacon Elwood, A. M." by Thomas Frederick Young
All praise to Thee, Eternal Lord,
Clothed in a garb of flesh and blood;
Choosing a manger for Thy throne,
While worlds on worlds are Thine alone.
"All Praise to Thee, Eternal Lord" by Martin Luther

In news:

"Usually the promoters are frankly trying to take off garb," she said.
Everyone was so festive in their period garb.
White-collar garb suits Charm City.
The country crossover superstar performed in full ringleader garb for her latest rendition of 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.
Betty Karol Wilson, conductor of Masterworks Chorus, poses in her victorian garb inside the Hotel Strasburg on Tuesday.
Hot dogs turn fabulous when garbed in formal attire.
ST CLOUD – Did you notice a line of classic cars and 1920s garb in downtown St Cloud on Friday night.
Get out your green garb and dust off that "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" button—Boston offers fun alternatives to Southie's parade.
We know ' Anchorman 2' is happening, thanks to Will Ferrell's bizarre walk-on cameo announcement in full Ron Burgundy garb on Conan O'Brien's late-night talk show.
Group portrait of young children, many in national garb, who await repatriation from Berlin to the US zone, 1948.
Toya Wright and business partner Danielle Cardriche Johnson opened "Garb Shoetique" over the weekend with a huge party.
California has been the 'cool kid' of states, reinstating hippie-esque garb for daily wear and passing laws that appeal to a weed-loving population.
A colorfully-garbed runner travels south on Michigan Avenue during the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle on Sunday.
For four days starting Nov 2nd, British runners dressed in black garb and carrying GPS devices will invade downtown.
Should safety trump religious mandated garb.
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In science:

This very novel idea has far-reaching consequences : it is a possible solution to the heirarchy problem (though the latter manifests itself in a new garb).
Seeking TeV-Scale Quantum Gravity at an $e \gamma$ collider
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