garderobe

noun
garde·robe | \ˈgär-ˌdrōb \

Definition of garderobe 

1 : a wardrobe or its contents

2 : a private room : bedroom

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Garderobe entered the English language in the 15th century and continues in use to this day, though its frequency has diminished significantly since the 19th century. Originally, its primary duty was to provide English speakers with a word for a room or closet in which to store clothing. Later, by extension, it was used for private bedrooms and bathrooms. Today you are most likely to encounter the word in a description of an old castle, such as our example sentence. "Garder," the French word for "guard" on which "garderobe" is based, has also served English well by directly contributing to the formation of such words as "award," "guard," "regard," and, yes, "wardrobe."

First Known Use of garderobe

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for garderobe

Middle English, from Old French, from garder to watch, guard + robe clothing

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