Definition of wardrobe
1a : a room or closet where clothes are keptb : clothespressc : 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 wardrobeb : 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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Examples of wardrobe in a Sentence
She has a new summer wardrobe.
She went to wardrobe for her fitting.
Recent Examples of wardrobe from the Web
With wardrobes spanning from fur, metal and leather to fine silks, steampunk goggles and prosthetic masks, this is by far the most visually sophisticated and rewarding DC movie yet.
Thomas Timlin, 65, the chief of the wardrobe department of the Washington National Opera, died April 30 at a hospital in Washington.
Hosting a sale might also be a good way to clean out the closets and make room for that new summer wardrobe.
The U.S. government does not provide first ladies with a wardrobe allowance — though attire for official events of public or historic significance may be given as a gift by a designer and accepted on behalf of the U.S. government.
Although often taking an indifferent approach to his wardrobe, Kennedy was acutely aware of the times when clothing mattered most.
For the first time in his presidency, he was regularly accompanied by the first lady, who consulted with the US State Department before packing her wardrobe and emerged as the unlikely subplot of Trump's debut on the world stage.
The U.S. government does provide first ladies with a wardrobe allowance.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have been on their first international tour since taking office in January—and with that means an international wardrobe for the flotus.
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Did You Know?
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."
Origin and Etymology of wardrobe
Middle English warderobe, from Anglo-French *warderobe, garderobe, from warder, garder to guard + robe robe
First Known Use: 14th century
WARDROBE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wardrobe for English Language Learners
: 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
WARDROBE Defined for Kids
Definition of wardrobe for Students
1 : a room, closet, or large chest where clothes are kept
2 : the clothes a person owns
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