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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Apfel unveiled the toy March 15 on Instagram, debuting a figurine with an uncanny resemblance and a spot-on wardrobe. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Iris Apfel Just Became the Oldest Person to Have a Barbie Made After Her," 28 Mar. 2018 Part of the appeal here is the pickup and delivery service (plus assembly/disassembly when applicable), offered at $35 for small items and up to $119 for extra-large items like wardrobes and bedroom sets. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best apps and sites for selling used home goods," 8 Nov. 2018 Getty ImagesADRIAN DENNIS Today the very windy winds of Windsor tested Kate Middleton's wardrobe-malfunction reflexes after Princess Eugenie's wedding. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Avoided a Wardrobe Malfunction at Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 Every stumble out of a nightclub or wardrobe malfunction became front-page news. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga's 2009 MTV Video Music Awards Performance Was a Warning Pop Culture Needed," 17 Aug. 2018 Over the course of her 65-year reign, Queen Elizabeth has become known for her vibrant wardrobe, and her penchant for wearing shades like lime green or electric yellow. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Very British Reason Meghan Markle Keeps Wearing Blush and Beige," 1 July 2018 Just in time to reboot your summer wardrobe, Lord & Taylor partnered with Walmart to create a new unique shopping experience featuring more than 125 of your favorite brands. Chazz Inniss, PEOPLE.com, "Lord & Taylor Just Teamed Up With Walmart – and Brad Goreski Did All Your Shopping for You," 11 June 2018 Shoppers under 35 — who have a penchant for bargain-hunting, want unique wardrobes, and care more about the environmental impact that secondhand merchandise can help offset — are driving the trend. Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "The founder of 2nd Time Around tries a 3rd act on Newbury Street," 14 May 2018 Bambery will be seen in distinct wardrobe, wigs and makeup for each set, and he will be backed by a rotating cast of musicians. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Prince, Bowie, Axl and more: Jason Bambery will front 5 tribute bands in single night," 1 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 \

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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