wardrobe

noun
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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Veep, of course, is a satire of American politics, but Meyer’s wardrobe is far from being a parody of real Washington style. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Political Fashion Doesn’t Look Like Veep—But Maybe It Should," 1 Apr. 2019 After months of bundling up underneath turtlenecks and puffer coats, the countdown to our spring and summer wardrobe is finally on. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Brazilian Brand Is About to Become Every Fashion Girl’s Favorite," 19 Mar. 2019 Last year, Emma was also praised for her wardrobe choice. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Emma Stone's Nude Golden Globes Dress Has the Internet Stunned," 7 Jan. 2019 This fall, just a few months after Franklin's death, fans of the diva's aesthetic have the opportunity to own a piece of her wardrobe as some of her most iconic ensembles go to sale at auction. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Aretha Franklin's Stage Dresses Are Going Up for Auction," 11 Sep. 2018 According to a report from the Daily Mail, Meghan's wardrobe is on track to cost significantly more than Kate's this year. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Spends More on Clothes Than Kate Middleton Does," 14 July 2018 Queen Elizabeth’s colorful wardrobe is very deliberate. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "This Is the Reason Why Queen Elizabeth Always Wears Bright Colors," 14 June 2018 Your wardrobe is to be determined but will probably be dressy casual attire. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Now casting: Taraji P. Henson film seeking extras," 8 June 2018 But his throwback wardrobe was a relic of Southern gentility that set him apart as an observer rather than participant in the follies of his time. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ Author Tom Wolfe Dies at 88," 15 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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wardrobe

noun

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

wardrobe

noun
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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