1. A distinctive style or form of clothing; dress: clerical garb.
2. An outward appearance; a guise: presented their radical ideas in the garb of moderation.
tr.v. garbed, garb·ing, garbs
To clothe; dress: was garbed in a long robe.
[Obsolete French garbe, grace, from Italian garbo, from garbare, to please, of Germanic origin.]
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