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Robber crab
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robe definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: any loose flowing garment
2: outerwear consisting of a long flowing garment used for official or ceremonial occasions [syn: gown, robe] v
1: clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes [syn: vest, robe]
2: cover as if with clothing; "the mountain was clothed in tropical trees" [syn: clothe, cloak, drape, robe]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, booty, clothing, robe, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German roub?n to rob Date: 13th century 1. a. a long flowing outer garment; especially one used for ceremonial occasions or as a symbol of office or profession b. a loose garment (as a bathrobe) for informal wear especially at home 2. covering, mantle <peaks on the axis of the range in their robes of snow and light John Muir> 3. a covering of pelts or fabric for the lower body used while driving or at outdoor events II. verb (robed; robing) Date: 14th century transitive verb to clothe or cover with or as if with a robe intransitive verb 1. to put on a robe 2. dress

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a long loose outer garment. 2 esp. US a dressing-gown. 3 a baby's outer garment esp. at a christening. 4 (often in pl.) a long outer garment worn as an indication of the wearer's rank, office, profession, etc.; a gown or vestment. 5 US a blanket or wrap of fur. --v. 1 tr. clothe (a person) in a robe; dress. 2 intr. put on one's robes or vestments. Etymology: ME f. OF f. Gmc (as ROB, orig. sense 'booty')

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. Through tattered clothes small vices do appear; Robes and furred gowns hide all. --Shak. 2. A skin of an animal, especially, a skin of the bison, dressed with the fur on, and used as a wrap. [U.S.] 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. The sage Chaldeans robed in white appeared. --Pope. Such was his power over the expression of his countenance, that he could in an instant shake off the sternness of winter, and robe it in the brightest smiles of spring. --Wirt.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(robes) 1. A robe is a loose piece of clothing which covers all of your body and reaches the ground. You can describe someone as wearing a robe or as wearing robes. (FORMAL) Pope John Paul II knelt in his white robes before the simple altar. N-COUNT 2. A robe is a piece of clothing, usually made of towelling, which people wear in the house, especially when they have just got up or had a bath. Ryle put on a robe and went down to the kitchen. N-COUNT

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia


See DRESS, sec. 1, (3).

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. Gown, dress. II. v. a. Dress, clothe, invest, array.

Moby Thesaurus

afghan, apparel, appurtenances, array, attire, bathrobe, bed linen, bedclothes, bedcover, bedding, bedeck, bedrape, bedsheet, bedspread, blanket, buffalo robe, bundle up, caftan, case, cassock, cloak, clothe, clothes, clothing, comfort, comforter, contour sheet, costume, counterpane, cover, coverlet, coverlid, deck, dight, drape, dress, dud, duds, eiderdown, enclothe, endue, enrobe, enshroud, envelop, enwrap, equipage, finery, fitted sheet, frock, garb, garment, garments, gear, gown, habilitate, habit, housecoat, invest, kimono, lap, lap robe, linen, livery, lounging robe, mantle, muffle up, muu-muu, outfit, panoply, paraphernalia, patchwork quilt, pillow slip, pillowcase, quilt, rag, rag out, raiment, regalia, rig, robes, rug, sheathe, sheet, sheeting, shroud, slip, spread, surplice, swaddle, swathe, tire, togs, trappings, uniform, vestment, vestments, vesture, wrap, wrap up, wrapper

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