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  1. a wardrobe or its contents.
  2. a private room, as a bedroom.
  3. (in medieval architecture) a latrine or privy.
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Origin of garderobe

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French: literally, (it) keeps clothing
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Related Words for garderobe

latrine, outhouse, lavatory, restroom, throne, head, commode, privy, can, washroom, W.C., potty, john, garderobe

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Historical Examples of garderobe

  • In the chamber above Marys, where Darnley lay, there were also a cabinet and a garderobe.

    The Mystery of Mary Stuart

    Andrew Lang

  • 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
  1. a wardrobe or the contents of a wardrobe
  2. a bedroom or private room
  3. a privy
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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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