ward·robe | \ˈwȯr-ˌdrōb \

Definition of wardrobe 

1a : a room or closet where clothes are kept

b : clothespress

c : a large trunk in which clothes may be hung upright

2a : a collection of wearing apparel (as of one person or for one activity) a summer wardrobe

b : a collection of stage costumes and accessories

3 : the department of a royal or noble household entrusted with the care of wearing apparel, jewels, and personal articles

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There is a lot of word history packed into "wardrobe." The word was borrowed by Middle-English speakers from a variant of Anglo-French garderobe. A combination of "garder" and "robe," "garderobe" itself has been borrowed into English as a synonym of "wardrobe." If the roots of garderobe look familiar, it is because they are the source of a number of different English words. "Garder" has given us the English verbs "guard" and "ward." And "robe," of course, is the source of the English "robe" and shares its own origins with the English verbs "rob" and "reave" (a synonym of "plunder"). If this connection seems odd, it might help to know that "robe" can be traced back to the Old High German words rauba, meaning "booty," "spoils," or "looted clothing."

Examples of wardrobe in a Sentence

She has a new summer wardrobe. She went to wardrobe for her fitting.

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For her arrival, the Duchess donned a familiar name in her wardrobe, Givenchy—which, in the same way sister-in-law Kate Middleton favors Alexander McQueen, has become her go-to label. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Meghan, Duchess of Sussex Wears Emerald Green Givenchy in Ireland," 10 July 2018 Each was also provided with hair, eye, and skin color, a wardrobe, some sort of plausible history. Brittany Allen, Longreads, "Getting Tricked by Helen DeWitt," 9 July 2018 The ensemble was a sophisticated addition to the younger Middleton's maternity wardrobe, which she's been showing off in recent weeks. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Channeled the Outfit Kate Wore To Her Wedding," 9 July 2018 Other items that drove up production cost were Bond’s Tom Ford wardrobe, Bond’s Omega watches, and Bond's Aston Martin DB10 prototype car that is worth $4.6 million. 5. Charles Stockdale And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "From 'Transformers' to 'Avatar,' these are the 50 most expensive movies ever made," 6 July 2018 That sort of contradiction — a shack next to a fancy coffee shop — also shows up in the characters’ wardrobes. refinery29.com, "Sorry To Bother You," 6 July 2018 Ahh, the challenges of a first job: Impressing the boss, navigating office politics, building a professional wardrobe, the list goes on and on. Jean Chatzky /, NBC News, "7 Ways to Make the Most of Your First Salary," 5 July 2018 Latest Project: As the image director for Drake, Ms. Sanchez curates the rapper’s wardrobe. Joanna Nikas, New York Times, "Mellany Sanchez Started on Instagram and Is Now Drake’s Image Director," 4 July 2018 Who wouldn't want to be remembered for a fabulous wardrobe (Maegan Roy and Connor Monahan)? Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "TMHS Grads Challenged To Change The World," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of wardrobe

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for wardrobe

Middle English warderobe, from Anglo-French *warderobe, garderobe, from warder, garder to guard + robe robe

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English Language Learners Definition of wardrobe

: a collection of clothes that a person owns or wears

: the clothes worn by actors in films, plays, etc.; also : the department that keeps and takes care of the clothes for films, plays, etc.

: a room, closet, or chest where clothes are kept


ward·robe | \ˈwȯr-ˌdrōb \

Kids Definition of wardrobe

1 : a room, closet, or large chest where clothes are kept

2 : the clothes a person owns

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