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 After making their last acting appearance in 2004, the sisters took on the fashion world, first by becoming trendsetters with their wardrobe choices and then by creating their own clothes. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Reason Why Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Aren't on 'Fuller House' as Michelle Tanner," 14 Dec. 2019 Chris Pine returns as Diana's love interest, Steve, and the two fully lean into the '80s vibe with wardrobe choices and perfectly blown-dry hairstyles that reflect the times. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "The 'Wonder Woman: 1984' Trailer Embraces the Decade With a Very '80s Song Choice," 8 Dec. 2019 Several Steelers responded with some inauspicious wardrobe choices while walking into work on Sunday. Will Graves, baltimoresun.com, "Duck’s Dynasty? Backup Devlin Hodges leads Steelers past Browns, 20-13," 1 Dec. 2019 If Dorothy and Sean are 21st-century avatars of yuppie privilege, Leanne feels ripped from a Gothic novel, from her porcelain features to her Victorian wardrobe. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "What Makes Apple TV+’s Servant So Callous," 28 Nov. 2019 Tim Blake Nelson, whose character Looking Glass sulks around most of the time in a creepy, reflective mask, linked that specific wardrobe choice to the man’s personal trauma. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "HBO’s “Watchmen” is weird and dangerous, just like it needs to be," 17 Oct. 2019 For those just needing an extra boost to their wardrobe, brands go from Alfani to Van Huesen. orlandosentinel.com, "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Shopping winners," 6 Oct. 2019 But the company’s monthly rental plan still has the potential to feel fresh as Rent the Runway continues to replenish the online wardrobe with new designer-label dresses, handbags, and even jewelry on a weekly basis. Rachel King, Fortune, "Rent the Runway’s Monthly Subscription Could Be a Game Changer," 21 Sep. 2019 There was always someone on crew alerting the wardrobe department. BostonGlobe.com, "The actor, at 50, has never had a starring TV role – though after leading popular film comedies Rudd explained by phone that he was up for a new kind of challenge.," 19 Oct. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wardrobe. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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