The oldest boy came striding into sight. He had already changed into his billowing black Hogwarts robes, and Harry noticed a shiny silver badge on his chest with the letter P on it.
(Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)

Does robes mean just a formal gown, whether it is consisted of a couple of pieces or just one?
Does robes mean something that consists of more than one piece of gown?


OED's definition 1:a is the one OP will be familiar with - A long loose outer garment reaching to the feet or ankles; a gown. But the sense here is their definition 1:b...

In plural. Outer clothes in general, esp. long, loose-fitting ones.
Sometimes difficult to distinguish from the plural of sense 1a.

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