Master of the robes
Robe Robe, n. [F., fr. LL. rauba a gown, dress, garment; originally, booty, plunder. See {Rob}, v. t., and cf. {Rubbish}.] 1. An outer garment; a dress of a rich, flowing, and elegant style or make; hence, a dress of state, rank, office, or the like. [1913 Webster]

Through tattered clothes small vices do appear; Robes and furred gowns hide all. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A skin of an animal, especially, a skin of the bison, dressed with the fur on, and used as a wrap. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]

{Master of the robes}, an officer of the English royal household (when the sovereign is a king) whose duty is supposed to consist in caring for the royal robes.

{Mistress of the robes}, a lady who enjoys the highest rank of the ladies in the service of the English sovereign (when a queen), and is supposed to have the care her robes. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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