wardrobe late 14c., "room where wearing apparel is kept," earlier "a private chamber" (c.1300), from O.N.Fr. warderobe, variant of O.Fr. garderobe "place where garments are kept," from warder "to keep, guard" (see WARD (Cf. ward) (v.)) + robe "garment" (see ROBE (Cf. 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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  • Wardrobe — Ward robe , n. [OE. warderobe, OF. warderobe, F. garderobe; of German origin. See {Ward}, v. t., and {Robe}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A room or apartment where clothes are kept, or wearing apparel is stored; a portable closet for hanging up clothes.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wardrobe — [wôr′drōb΄] n. [ME warderobe < NormFr, for OFr garderobe < garder (see GUARD) + robe, ROBE] 1. a closet or movable cabinet, usually relatively tall and provided with hangers, etc., for holding clothes 2. a room where clothes are kept; esp …   English World dictionary

  • wardrobe — [n] clothes or furniture for storing clothes apparel, attire, buffet, bureau, chest, chiffonier, closet, clothing, commode, costumes, cupboard, drapes*, dresser, dry goods, duds*, ensembles, garments, locker, outfits, rags*, suits, threads*,… …   New thesaurus

  • wardrobe — ► NOUN 1) a large, tall cupboard in which clothes may be hung or stored. 2) a person s entire collection of clothes. 3) the costume department or costumes of a theatre or film company. 4) a department of a royal or noble household in charge of… …   English terms dictionary

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  • Wardrobe — A wardrobe (sometimes called an armoire ) is a standing closet used for storing clothes. The earliest wardrobe was a chest, and it was not until some degree of luxury was attained in regal palaces and the castles of powerful nobles that separate… …   Wikipedia

  • wardrobe — /wawr drohb/, n., v., wardrobed, wardrobing. n. 1. a stock of clothes or costumes, as of a person or of a theatrical company. 2. a piece of furniture for holding clothes, now usually a tall, upright case fitted with hooks, shelves, etc. 3. a room …   Universalium

  • wardrobe */ — UK [ˈwɔː(r)drəʊb] / US [ˈwɔrdˌroʊb] noun Word forms wardrobe : singular wardrobe plural wardrobes 1) [countable] a large piece of furniture like a large cupboard where you can hang your clothes Ted was putting his clean clothes away in the… …   English dictionary

  • Wardrobe —    Throughout most of the 19th century, designing and constructing costumes for a specific production was seldom done. An actor was expected to furnish his or her own theatrical wardrobe, and the ability to do so was a major factor in one s… …   The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater

  • wardrobe — [[t]wɔ͟ː(r)droʊb[/t]] wardrobes 1) N COUNT A wardrobe is a tall cupboard or cabinet in which you can hang your clothes. 2) N COUNT: oft poss N Someone s wardrobe is the total collection of clothes that they have. Her wardrobe consists primarily… …   English dictionary

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