noun ward·robe \ˈwȯr-ˌdrōb\

Definition of wardrobe

  1. 1a :  a room or closet where clothes are keptb :  clothespressc :  a large trunk in which clothes may be hung upright

  2. 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. 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

  1. She has a new summer wardrobe.

  2. She went to wardrobe for her fitting.

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

Other Foreign Functionary Terms

WARDROBE Defined for English Language Learners


noun ward·robe \ˈwȯr-ˌdrōb\

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


noun ward·robe \ˈwȯr-ˌdrōb\

Definition of wardrobe for Students

  1. 1 :  a room, closet, or large chest where clothes are kept

  2. 2 :  the clothes a person owns

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