A robe is a loose-fitting outer garment.[1][2] Unlike garments described as capes or cloaks, robes usually have 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.[1]

A dragon robe from Qing Dynasty of China
Academic robes
An Indian Angarkha


There are various types of robes, including:

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Robe". Oxford English Dictionary. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Picken, Mary Brooks (1957). The Fashion Dictionary. Funk and Wagnalls. p. 265.
  3. ^ Rodgers, John E. (2021-10-06). "Before We Were Here – The Buffalo Robes". The Quapaw Post. Retrieved 2022-06-19.

External linksEdit

  •   The dictionary definition of robe at Wiktionary