Meaning of garb


Your garb is what you are wearing — your clothing. You may choose the garb of an auto mechanic, even though you don’t know the difference between a carburetor and a catalytic converter, just because you like the look.

Within your closet, you probably have the garb of a student — casual clothes that are just right for school — along with the more formal garb you are expected to wear for holidays at your grandmother’s house or when giving a speech. When you usually see your buddy, the Marine, in his military garb, it might catch you by surprise when you see him flopped on his couch in the garb of a lazy lounger.

Definitions of garb
  1. noun

    clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion


    attire, dress

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    ao dai

    the traditional dress of Vietnamese women consisting of a tunic with long sleeves and panels front and back; the tunic is worn over trousers

    the attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball

    the attire characteristic of a country or a time or a social class

    unusual or period attire not characteristic of or appropriate to the time and place

    the prevalent fashion of dress (including accessories and hair style as well as garments)

    any attire that modifies the appearance in order to conceal the wearer’s identity
    ecclesiastical attire, ecclesiastical robe

    attire that is appropriate to wear in a church

    elaborate or showy attire and accessories
    evening clothes, evening dress, eveningwear, formalwear

    attire to wear on formal occasions in the evening

    a distinctive attire worn by a member of a religious order
    habit, riding habit

    attire that is typically worn by a horseback rider (especially a woman’s attire)
    false hair, hairpiece, postiche

    a covering or bunch of human or artificial hair used for disguise or adornment
    morning dress

    formal attire for men during the daytime
    getup, outfit, rig, turnout

    a set of clothing (with accessories)
    activewear, athletic wear, sportswear

    attire worn for sport or for casual wear
    academic costume

    a costume worn on formal occasions by the faculty or students of a university or college

    a wig that gives the appearance of an Afro hairdo

    a suit or dress for formal occasions

    an attractive outfit
    dinner dress, dinner gown, evening gown, formal

    a gown for evening wear
    black tie, dinner jacket, tux, tuxedo

    semiformal evening dress for men
    dress suit, full dress, tail coat, tailcoat, tails, white tie, white tie and tails

    formalwear consisting of full evening dress for men

    a coordinated outfit (set of clothing)
    fancy dress, masquerade, masquerade costume

    a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party

    a habit worn by clerics
    gym suit

    clothes prescribed for wear while participating in gymnastic exercise

    a covering to disguise or conceal the face
    monastic habit

    a long loose habit worn by monks in a monastery
    nun’s habit

    a long loose habit worn by nuns in a convent

    a sports outfit for women or children; usually consists of shorts and a blouse

    a person’s costume (especially if bizarre)
    running suit

    a matching jacket and pants worn by joggers and made of fabric that absorbs perspiration
    Sunday best, Sunday clothes

    the best attire you have which is worn to church on Sunday

    hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure
    toupe, toupee

    a small hairpiece to cover partial baldness

    the personal outfit of a bride; clothes and accessories and linens

    hairpiece covering the head and made of real or synthetic hair
    type of:

    article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable

    a covering designed to be worn on a person’s body

  2. verb

    provide with clothes or put clothes on


    apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog

    dress, get dressed

    put on clothes
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    discase, disrobe, peel, strip, strip down, uncase, unclothe, undress

    get undressed
    disinvest, divest, strip, undress

    remove (someone’s or one’s own) clothes
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    prim, prim out, prim up

    dress primly
    cover, wrap up

    clothe, as if for protection from the elements

    put a jacket on

    put a frock on

    put a shirt on

    put a habit on

    provide or cover with a cloak
    overclothe, overdress

    dress too warmly

    dress without sufficient warmth

    dress with a corset

    furnish with shoes

    cover or provide with a coat
    costume, dress up

    dress in a costume
    robe, vest

    clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes

    dress in a gown
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    change state, turn

    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

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