• WordNet 3.6
    • v robe clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes
    • v robe cover as if with clothing "the mountain was clothed in tropical trees"
    • n robe outerwear consisting of a long flowing garment used for official or ceremonial occasions
    • n robe any loose flowing garment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word 'cappuccino' is the result of several derivations, the original of which began in 16th century. The Capuchin order of friars, established after 1525, played an important role in bringing Catholicism back to Reformation Europe. Its Italian name came from the long, pointed cowl, or cappuccino, derived from cappuccino, "hood," that was worn as part of the order's habit. The French version of cappuccino was capuchin, from which came English Capuchin. In Italian cappuccino went on to describe espresso coffee mixed or topped with steamed milk or cream, so called because the color of the coffee resembled the color of the habit of a Capuchin friar. The first use of cappuccino in English is recorded in 1948 in a work about San Francisco. There is also the story line that says that the term comes from the fact that the coffee is dark, like the monk's robe, and the cap is likened to the color of the monk's head.
    • Robe A skin of an animal, especially, a skin of the bison, dressed with the fur on, and used as a wrap.
    • Robe An outer garment; a dress of a rich, flowing, and elegant style or make; hence, a dress of state, rank, office, or the like. "Through tattered clothes small vices do appear; Robes and furred gowns hide all."
    • v. t Robe To invest with a robe or robes; to dress; to array; as, fields robed with green. "The sage Chaldeans robed in white appeared.""Such was his power over the expression of his countenance, that he could in an instant shake off the sternness of winter, and robe it in the brightest smiles of spring."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n robe A gown or long loose garment worn over other dress; a gown or dress of a rich, flowing, or elegant style or make.
    • n robe An official vestment; a flowing garment symbolizing honor, dignity, or authority.
    • n robe Any garment; apparel in general; dress; costume.
    • n robe Hence, that which covers or invests; something resembling or suggesting a robe.
    • n robe A woman's gown of any cut or fabric, with trimmings, usually in the form of bands or borders, woven in or embroidered on the material.
    • n robe A dressed skin or pelt: first applied to that of the American bison, but now to that of any animal when used for a carriage- or sleigh-rug, and by extension to any protecting wrap used in driving: as, a linen lap-robe.
    • n robe The largest and strongest tobacco-leaves, which are used as covers for the thicker kinds of pigtail.
    • n robe Eccles., specifically, the early chasuble, a large garment covering the body. Compare garment, 2.
    • n robe plural Garments of state or ceremony, forming together an entire costume. Thus, coronation robes may include all the garments worn by a prince at the time of his coronation, and always include the outer or decorative pieces, as the dalmatic, the mantle, etc.
    • robe To put a robe on; clothe in a robe; especially, to clothe magnificently or ceremoniously: as, to robe a sovereign for a coronation.
    • robe To clothe or dress in general.
    • robe To put on a robe or robes; assume official vestments: as, the judges are robing; the clergy robed in the vestry.
    • n robe An abbreviation of arroba.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Robe rōb a gown or outer garment: a dress of dignity or state: a rich dress: a dressed skin: the largest and strongest tobacco-leaves: the early form of the chasuble
    • v.t Robe to dress, clothe
    • v.i Robe to assume official vestments
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Through tattered clothes, small vices do appear. Robes and furred gowns hide all.”
  • Marian Mountain
    Marian Mountain
    “This tattered life is my only robe; the wind my only refuge.”
  • John Milton
    “Come, pensive nun, devout and pure, sober steadfast, and demure, all in a robe of darkest grain, flowing with majestic train.”
  • Barbara Tuchman
    Barbara Tuchman
    “Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed.”
  • Daniel Webster
    “When the spotless ermine of the judicial robe fell on John Jay, it touched nothing less spotless than itself.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. LL. rauba, a gown, dress, garment; originally, booty, plunder. See Rob (v. t.), and cf. Rubbish


In literature:

From the forefront of the crowd, a crimson-robed man ran toward the ship.
"Giants on the Earth" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
A Friend, a rest, a home, a crown, a song, a robe, and a harp with palms of victory.
"'Me and Nobbles'" by Amy Le Feuvre
Portrait of Rembrandt, seen in a front view, having on a richly-ornamented cap or turban, and an embroidered robe.
"Rembrandt and His Works" by John Burnet
Yes, rather those, than these quiet, bloodless faces, in their bloody robes.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
The lines of the thin gray robe blew lightly to one side.
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
Under date palms the white-robed Arabs sat smoking.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
A robe of sable clouds formed a sombre lining to the sky, and through this neither moon nor stars were visible.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
The citizen of "the home-land" wears white robes.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
On that day he killed eighty-five men who wore the priestly robes.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
He wore the purple robe of authority, but refused the crown.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
There he is now, with his crown, his robe, and his harp, with angel companionship.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
When her robe is taken the chosen beauty is kept from following her companions in their return flight.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
But no Indian Summer ever knew that dark green verdure, like the first robe of spring.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
The door was closed with a heavy curtain of buffalo robe, but lifting it without hesitation he entered.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Caligula, with a corner of his silken robe, wiped the perspiration from his streaming face.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The costume consists of a white flowing under-robe, and over this a colored silk robe.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
Day by day they grew more pale and thin, and their long robes flapped about their lean limbs.
"The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts" by Abbie Farwell Brown
Friends in Mourning are expected to lay aside their somber robings for this hour.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
He took off his armor and put on his court robes.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis

In poetry:

The verdant wood, the smiling hill,
Alike in darksome robes are clad:
Their beauty fled, their music still;
And all is silent, all is sad.
"Virtue and Truth Immortal" by John Bowring
The King he stood at the castle gate,
In his robes and kingly crown:
“O there comes Sivard Snaresvend,
And he brings us Summer to town.”
"The Tournament (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
But shou'd it come unto thee, now;
How unprepar'd, O Wales! art thou,
At God's tribunal to appear,
Without the robe which thou shou'dst wear?
"A Warning To The Welsh, To Repent, Wrote At The Time A Great Plague Rag'd In London" by Rees Prichard
And there, midst trees of mighty root,
Forever robed in fadeless green,
And groaning 'neath ambrosial fruit,
Bright heavenly visitants were seen.
"Banishment Of Man From The Garden Of The Lord" by James Madison Bell
In His just scales, the meanest thing
That bears the name of man, when weigh'd,
Is dear as is the proudest king
In all his glittering robes array'd.
"Summer: Monday Morning" by John Bowring
Sexton! Martha's dead and gone;
Toll the bell! toll the bell!
Sleep, Martha, sleep, to wake in light,
Where all the robes are stainless white.
Toll the bell!
"Martha" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Mount Saint Mary College freshman Shanice Robe scored three goals for the fourth time in the last five games, leading the Knights to an 11-0 victory over NYU-Poly on Sunday.
Philadelphia girl whose 'Romney' shirt was compared to KKK robe to transfer schools.
Judges to wear pink robes , ribbons each Monday in October to promote breast cancer awareness.
Botetourt County judge Louis Campbell hangs up the robe .
The shop will serve Red Robe tea, along with coffee and muffins in the mornings.
Modern judges often obtain their robes from the same companies that manufacture choir robes .
OTTUMWA — The tradition of judges wearing black robes goes back several centuries, and the origin of this practice isn't clear.
The robes will be distributed at select Bed Bath & Beyond stores and will retail for $39.99.
A portion of sales of the pink robe will be contributed to the Susan G Komen Foundation by Microtex.
City Council meeting in KKK robe .
'The Robe ' presents tolerance, circa 1953.
B ack in the day, Catholic-school kids spent a few hours every Easter season watching The Robe projected on a sheet hung on the back wall of a classroom.
Edward Allen Robe , 21, of Purdy, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2008, in Cox Monett Hospital emergency room.
The son of Charles and Vickie (Callahan) Robe .
His father, Charles Robe , of Monett.

In science:

The p robe is inserted in the bore of the magnet from below and the sample is inserted from the top.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
We noticed that some deviations are present in the original field, compared to the log-normal limit at the scales we have p robed here.
Recovering the topology of the IGM at z~2