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.

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But there was actually another obstacle Remy wasn't expecting: Her wardrobe. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "A ‘House Hunters’ Realtor Reveals the One Thing That Shocked Her About Being on the Show," 21 Jan. 2019 Tlaib is not the only new member of Congress making waves with her wardrobe. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Rashida Tlaib Will Wear a Traditional Palestinian Gown to Be Sworn Into Congress," 17 Dec. 2018 One of them is Alex, an American citizen like most children in the trailer park, with a wardrobe of Cleveland Cavaliers T-shirts and frosted tips dyed orange at the barbershop inside Walmart. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, "After raid, immigrant families are separated in the American heartland," 30 June 2018 With so many incredible deals at your fingertips, now's the time to stock up on items for the kids, home and your own wardrobe. Anna Hecht, CNN Underscored, "Shop the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale for all of your summer essentials," 23 May 2018 Peterson’s footnotes are almost as vintage as his wardrobe. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Jordan Peterson’s Tired Old Myths," 21 May 2018 Beyoncé changed up her historic headlining set for the second Saturday night of Coachella (April 21) with a fresh wardrobe -- and a couple of surprises, too. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Beyonce Embraced a Whole New Look for Coachella Weekend 2," 22 Apr. 2018 Olivia Caridi, a contestant on season 20 of The Bachelor, reportedly spent $40,000 on her wardrobe for the show. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "13 Things You Never Knew About Getting Dressed on "The Bachelor"," 16 Jan. 2019 The couple enlisted Andrea Freeman of Andrea Freeman Events to plan their wedding on the beach, and Malin worked with stylist Molly Fishkin-Levin on her wardrobe. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Inside Malin Akerman and Jack Donnelly’s Barefoot Wedding on the Beach," 3 Dec. 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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