Definition of wardrobe
- a summer wardrobe
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She has a new summer wardrobe.
She went to wardrobe for her fitting.
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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."
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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