- a long, loose or flowing outer garment; specif.,
- such a garment worn on formal occasions, to show rank or office, etc., as by a judge or bishop
- a bathrobe or dressing gown
- [pl.]Archaic clothes; costume; dress
- lap robe
Origin of robeMiddle English from OFr, robe, origin, originally booty, spoils from Germanic an unverified form rauba, plunder: see rob
intransitive verbrobed, rob′ing
- A long loose flowing outer garment, especially:a. often robes An official garment worn on formal occasions to show office or rank, as by a judge or high church official.b. An academic gown.c. A dressing gown or bathrobe.
- robes Clothes; apparel.
- A blanket or covering made of material, such as fur or cloth: a lap robe.
verbrobed, rob·ing, robes
Origin of robeMiddle English from Old French robe booty, movable personal possessions like clothing, robe of Germanic origin ; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present robes, present participle robing, simple past and past participle robed)
- To clothe someone in a robe.
From Middle English robe, roobe, from Old French robe, robbe, reube (“booty, spoils of war, robe, garment”), from Frankish *rouba, *rauba (“booty, spoils, stolen clothes”, literally “things taken”), from Proto-Germanic *raubō, *raubaz, *raubą (“booty, that which is stripped or carried away”), from Proto-Indo-European *reup- (“to tear, peel”). Akin to Old High German roup ("booty"; Modern German Raub (“robbery, spoils”)), Old High German roubōn ("to rob, steal"; Modern German rauben (“to rob”)), Old English rēaf (“spoils, booty, dress, armour, robe, garment”), Old English rēafian (“to steal, deprive”). More at rob, reaf, reave.