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 : clothes press 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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Some of the finery Ashley viewed on the runway has carried its way into her wardrobe. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 14 Dec. 2021 Make sure to dress warmly and integrate layers into your wardrobe. Jean Chen Smith, The Enquirer, 20 Nov. 2021 Mvuemba continued to share her thoughts on how to integrate these new weather-appropriate closet staples into your day-to-day wardrobe. Essence, 30 Oct. 2021 Kardashian West loves to talk fashion (she's given fans a look into her huge wardrobe archive before) but oddly, has yet to open up about her current style aesthetic. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, 6 Oct. 2021 Too many filmmakers lack an understanding of the city and just toss a few Lions or Pistons T-shirts into the wardrobe or show a few seconds of the RenCen skyline. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 2 July 2021 These staple pieces work their way into your wardrobe and daily style through a minimal design anesthetic. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 10 June 2021 On regular rotation in Emhoff’s wardrobe are graphic tees and plaid suits. Irene Kim, Vogue, 18 Dec. 2021 The kitschy wardrobe that goes along with it is easy and accessible as well. Rodney Ho, ajc, 13 Dec. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wardrobe. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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


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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