a wardrobe or its contents.
a private room, as a bedroom.
(in medieval architecture) a latrine or privy.

Origin of garderobe

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French: literally, (it) keeps clothing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for garderobe

Historical Examples of garderobe

  • 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——.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for garderobe


noun archaic

a wardrobe or the contents of a wardrobe
a bedroom or private room
a privy

Word Origin for garderobe

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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