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[gahrd-rohb] /ˈgɑrdˌroʊb/
a wardrobe or its contents.
a private room, as a bedroom.
(in medieval architecture) a latrine or privy.
Origin of garderobe
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French: literally, (it) keeps clothing Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • In the chamber above Marys, where Darnley lay, there were also a cabinet and a garderobe.

  • We left our umbrellas at a garderobe; its business that day was a thriving one.

    Franz Liszt James Huneker
  • On our way down to the garderobe, where every one checks one's things for the fee of twenty pfennigs (five cents), we met Mr. B——.

    An American Girl in Munich Mabel W. Daniels
  • Here, in the throng, Olga of the garderobe met him, and laid a trembling hand on his arm.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The western chamber has in its north-west angle a latrine, or garderobe, in the thickness of the wall.

  • I often stayed away from shows just because I hated the idea of going to the garderobe and checking my wraps.

    Germany in War Time

    Mary Ethel McAuley
British Dictionary definitions for garderobe


noun (archaic)
a wardrobe or the contents of a wardrobe
a bedroom or private room
a privy
Word Origin
C14: from French, from garder to keep + robe dress, clothing; see wardrobe
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Word Origin and History for garderobe

early 14c., from Old French garderobe (Old North French warderobe; see wardrobe).

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