Robe (?), n. [F., fr. LL. rauba a gown, dress, garment; originally, booty, plunder. See Rob, v. t., and cf. Rubbish.]


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.


A skin of an animal, especially, a skin of the bison, dressed with the fur on, and used as a wrap.


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.


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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.


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