A dragon-themed robe originating from the Qing dynasty
Academic robes
An Indian Angarkha

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]


There are various types of robes, including:

A native Crow man with braided hair wearing a think buffalo hide with fur attached over his right shoulder
White Swan wearing a buffalo robe

See also


  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.