robes; robed; robing

A robe is a loose piece of clothing that you might wear over your pajamas or put on when you get out of the shower. Most robes tie around the waist with a fabric belt.

There are dressier types of robes as well, like the ceremonial robes a judge wears in a courtroom or the elegant robes worn by a queen on a formal occasion. You can also use robe a verb, meaning "to dress or clothe," or literally "to put on a robe." Robe shares a Germanic root with rob, most likely from the idea that robbers would "take garments from the enemy as spoils or booty."

Definitions of robe
  1. noun
    any loose flowing garment
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    (Arabic) a loose black robe from head to toe; traditionally worn by Muslim women
    a loose-fitting robe of towelling; worn after a bath or swim
    dressing gown, lounging robe, robe-de-chambre
    a robe worn before dressing or while lounging
    a loose robe; imitated from robes originally worn by Japanese
    type of:
    an article of clothing
  2. noun
    outerwear consisting of a long flowing garment used for official or ceremonial occasions
    synonyms: gown
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    academic gown, academic robe, judge's robe
    a gown worn by academics or judges
    gown (especially ceremonial garments) worn by the clergy
    a white linen liturgical vestment with sleeves; worn by priests
    a black garment reaching down to the ankles; worn by priests or choristers
    a long sleeveless vestment worn by a priest when celebrating Mass
    Geneva gown
    black academic gown widely used by Protestant clergymen
    humeral veil, veil
    a vestment worn by a priest at High Mass in the Roman Catholic Church; a silk shawl
    (Roman Catholic Church) vestment consisting of a band encircling the shoulders with two lappets hanging in front and back
    the vestments and other insignia of a pontiff (especially a bishop)
    a loose-fitting white ecclesiastical vestment with wide sleeves
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    outerwear, overclothes
    clothing for use outdoors
  3. verb
    clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes
    synonyms: vest
    clothe oneself in ecclesiastical garments
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    apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
    provide with clothes or put clothes on
  4. verb
    cover as if with clothing
    synonyms: cloak, clothe, drape
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    cover, spread over
    form a cover over
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