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

Definition of wardrobe

1a : a collection of wearing apparel (as of one person or for one activity) a summer wardrobe
b : a collection of stage costumes and accessories working in the wardrobe department
2a chiefly British : a room or closet (see closet entry 1 sense 2) where clothes are kept
b : clothes press especially : a tall freestanding cabinet with a rod for hanging clothes
c : a large trunk in which clothes may be hung upright
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 Nordstrom's Black Friday sale is brimming right now with wardrobe essentials on heavy discount, including teddy bear outerwear, quality denim, and so much. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 24 Nov. 2021 There are as many places to shop for wardrobe essentials as there are women to wear them. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Nov. 2021 The final component of Rodgers’ auction will focus on parts of his wardrobe. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 27 Oct. 2021 The concept began its mass-market life as an amenity in Gilded Age department stores, a commercial sanctuary of pedestals and upholstered furniture on which to swoon over the splendid future of your wardrobe. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 7 Oct. 2021 The filmmakers also talk to Tish Yates, Spears’ former head of wardrobe. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, 29 Sep. 2021 That translated into putting contemporary touches on a wardrobe of timeless storybook looks. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 8 Sep. 2021 Stylist Erica Cloud, who was the lead wardrobe stylist for it, confirmed to Popsugar that Crawford wore the exact same Agnès B. pants that Ross got stuck in. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, 29 May 2021 This happy color is just begging to be the newest addition to your spring and summer wardrobe, via a super flowy pair of pants. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of wardrobe

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for wardrobe

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

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“Wardrobe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wardrobe. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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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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