[ wawr-drohb ]
/ ˈwɔr droʊb /


verb (used with object), ward·robed, ward·rob·ing.

to provide with a wardrobe.

Origin of wardrobe

1250–1300; Middle English warderobe < Anglo-French. See ward (v.), robe
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British Dictionary definitions for wardrobe


/ (ˈwɔːdrəʊb) /


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 for wardrobe

C14: from Old Northern French warderobe, from warder to guard + robe robe
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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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