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[wawr-drohb] /ˈwɔr droʊb/
a stock of clothes or costumes, as of a person or of a theatrical company.
a piece of furniture for holding clothes, now usually a tall, upright case fitted with hooks, shelves, etc.
a room or place in which to keep clothes or costumes.
the department of a royal or other great household charged with the care of wearing apparel.
a department in a motion-picture or television studio in charge of supplying and maintaining costumes:
Report to wardrobe right after lunch.
verb (used with object), wardrobed, wardrobing.
to provide with a wardrobe.
Origin of wardrobe
1250-1300; Middle English warderobe < Anglo-French. See ward (v.), robe Unabridged
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  • One of the alae (h) at the time of the eruption was used as a wardrobe.

  • She crept slowly to a wardrobe, and took out a gray silk dress.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • The mirrors in the wardrobe and on the chimney-piece shone with mysterious lights.

    The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France
  • They can always count on me for anything from wardrobe mistress to prima donna.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • It appeared that he had renewed his wardrobe at the local store and invariably changed his clothes when his work was finished.

    Prescott of Saskatchewan Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for wardrobe


a tall closet or cupboard, with a rail or hooks on which to hang clothes
the total collection of articles of clothing belonging to one person
the collection of costumes belonging to a theatre or theatrical company
Word Origin
C14: from Old Northern French warderobe, from warder to guard + roberobe
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Word Origin and History for wardrobe

late 14c., "room where wearing apparel is kept," earlier "a private chamber" (c.1300), from Old North French warderobe, variant of Old French garderobe "place where garments are kept," from warder "to keep, guard" (see ward (v.)) + robe "garment" (see robe). Meaning "a person's stock of clothes for wearing" is recorded from c.1400. Sense of "movable closed cupboard for wearing apparel" is recorded from 1794. Meaning "room in which theatrical costumes are kept" is attested from 1711. Wardrobe malfunction is from 2004.

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