ward·​robe | \ ˈwȯr-ˌdrōb How to pronounce wardrobe (audio) \

Definition of wardrobe

1a : a room or closet where clothes are kept
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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Fortunately, that sartorial vision has yet to materialize, but baseball has had its fair share of wardrobe malfunctions. Cesar Brioso, USA TODAY, "You're wearing that? Images of the ugliest MLB uniforms in history," 11 June 2019 Prague helped me build my home’s stationery wardrobe. Marni Jameson, The Mercury News, "A permanent address warrants a ‘stationery wardrobe’," 11 June 2019 Our hair and makeup and wardrobe team are so amazing and all the costumes blow me away. Samantha Incorvaia, azcentral, "'All That' is being revived on Nickelodeon, and a Scottsdale teen is part of the cast," 11 June 2019 Mano Dura paralleled the military’s tactics in the years leading up to the war, when government forces targeted young men whose wardrobes imitated American fashion styles. Daniel Castro, Harper's magazine, "The Truce," 10 June 2019 Kate Middleton's known to dip into her royal wardrobe and rewear her favorite looks time and time again. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Almost No One Realized Meghan Markle Wore a Repeat Outfit This Weekend," 23 Oct. 2018 After weeks of only wearing blush, white, and off-white to royal events, Meghan Markle has finally introduced another color into her official wardrobe: olive green. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Arrived at Prince Louis's Christening in Head-to-Toe Olive Green," 9 July 2018 And then there’s the fact that Mrs. Trump has never been one to shy away from coding pointed, not necessarily, popular communications into her wardrobe. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Melania Trump, Agent of Coat Chaos," 21 June 2018 As of May 2018, Markle has incorporated nude tights into her wardrobe. refinery29.com, "15 Things Meghan Markle Can't Do Now That She’s A Royal," 15 May 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 How to pronounce wardrobe (audio) \

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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