wardrobe

noun
ward·​robe | \ ˈwȯr-ˌdrōb How to pronounce wardrobe (audio) \
plural wardrobes

Definition of wardrobe

1a : a collection of wearing apparel (as of one person or for one activity) a summer wardrobe
b : a collection of stage costumes and accessories working in the wardrobe department
2a chiefly British : a room or closet (see closet entry 1 sense 2) where clothes are kept
b : clothespress especially : a tall freestanding cabinet with a rod for hanging clothes
c : a large trunk in which clothes may be hung upright
3 : the department of a royal or noble household entrusted with the care of wearing apparel, jewels, and personal articles

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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."

Examples of wardrobe in a Sentence

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

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There are double-breasted suits and trench jackets that provide the backbone of the classic work wardrobe, but there's also a blue satin suit and dress that adds some playfulness and a splash of color to the mix. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This New Brand Is One of Fashion Week’s Most Important Launches," 13 Sep. 2019 None of the other linemen had that as part of the wardrobe. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Alabama practice report: A few notes, perspective on depth," 3 Sep. 2019 Unlike items from Markle's wardrobe, custom diamonds aren't exactly going to run out of stock. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Meghan Markle’s Upgraded Engagement Ring Sparked a Major Bridal Trend," 26 July 2019 One of them offered information in perfect Russian about the wardrobe of an average American woman. Djurdja Bartlett, Smithsonian, "When the United States and Soviet Union Fought It Out Over Fashion," 4 June 2019 Not that the wardrobe’s origins are particularly lofty.... Hannah Lavine, WSJ, "Combat Clutter the Most Elegant Way: An Armoire’s Timeless Appeal," 29 Mar. 2019 To wit: At the outset of each sailing, passengers are gifted one of Quark’s bright yellow all-weather parkas, an integral piece of the expedition wardrobe. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cruise Lines in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 As is the case for anyone with a high public profile, wardrobe malfunctions happen. Gina Marinelli, Glamour, "Ivanka Trump Wore Statement Sleeves in Colombia, And It Didn't Go Well," 4 Sep. 2019 But even allowing for the secrecy imposed on them, their inner lives here are less developed than the details of their wardrobes. Janet Maslin, New York Times, "A Debut Novel Reimagines the C.I.A.’s Efforts to Promote ‘Doctor Zhivago’," 2 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of wardrobe

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

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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