ward·​robe ˈwȯr-ˌdrōb How to pronounce wardrobe (audio)
plural wardrobes
: a collection of wearing apparel (as of one person or for one activity)
a summer wardrobe
: a collection of stage costumes and accessories
working in the wardrobe department
chiefly British : a room or closet (see closet entry 1 sense 2) where clothes are kept
: clothes press
especially : a tall freestanding cabinet with a rod for hanging clothes
: a large trunk in which clothes may be hung upright
: 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 verbs guard and ward. And French 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 Germanic origins related to the Old High German words roub ("booty" or "looted clothing") and roubōn ("to rob").

Examples of wardrobe in a Sentence

She has a new summer wardrobe. She went to wardrobe for her fitting.
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Word History


Middle English warderobe, from Anglo-French *warderobe, garderobe, from warder, garder to guard + robe robe

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of wardrobe was in the 14th century


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“Wardrobe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wardrobe. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


ward·​robe ˈwȯr-ˌdrōb How to pronounce wardrobe (audio)
: a room, closet, or chest where clothes are kept
: a collection of clothes (as of one person or for one activity)
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