A dragon robe from Qing Dynasty of China
Academic robes

A robe is a loose-fitting outer garment. A robe is distinguished from a cape or cloak by the fact that it usually has sleeves. The English word robe derives from Middle English robe ("garment"), borrowed from Old French robe ("booty, spoils"), itself taken from the Frankish word *rouba ("spoils, things stolen, clothes"), and is related to the word rob. There are various types of robes, including:

  • A wide variety of long, flowing religious dress including pulpit robes and the robes worn by various types of monks.
  • A gown worn as part of the official dress of a peer or royalty.
  • Any of several women's fashions, as robe d'anglaise (18th century), "robe de style" (1920s).
  • An absorbent "bath robe" worn mostly after washing or swimming.
    • One such example is a bathrobe, a garment made of terrycloth or another towel-like material and is typically worn at home after a bath or other activities where the wearer is nude to keep warm and/or preserve modesty in times of no immediate need to fully dress. (Also called a house coat.) See, for example, that worn by the fictional character Arthur Dent.
  • (Informal usage) Any long flowing garment; for example, a cassock is sometimes called a robe, despite the fact that the cassock is close-fitting.

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  • Robe — Robe, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Robed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Robing}.] To invest with a robe or robes; to dress; to array; as, fields robed with green. [1913 Webster] The sage Chaldeans robed in white appeared. Pope. [1913 Webster] Such was his power over …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • robe — n: the legal profession; esp: the position of a judge usu. used with the [his]...decision to decline the robe H. B. Zobel Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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