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From Middle English warderobe, from Old Northern French warderoube, wardereube, northern variants of Old French garderobe, from garder (“to keep safe”) + robe. Subsequently influenced by various senses of garderobe as they developed in French.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwɔːdɹəʊb/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈwɔɹdɹoʊb/
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wardrobe (plural wardrobes)
- (obsolete) A room for keeping clothes and armor safe, particularly a dressing room or walk-in closet beside a bedroom.
- (figuratively) A governmental office or department in a monarchy which purchases, keeps, and cares for royal clothes.
- (figuratively) The building housing such a department.
- (obsolete) Any closet used for storing anything.
- A room for keeping costumes and other property safe at a theater; a prop room.
- (figuratively) The department of a theater, movie studio, etc which purchases, keeps, and cares for costumes; its staff; its room(s) or building(s).
- A movable cupboard or cabinet designed for storing clothes, particularly as a large piece of bedroom furniture.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess:
- A canister of flour from the kitchen had been thrown at the looking-glass and lay like trampled snow over the remains of a decent blue suit with the lining ripped out which lay on top of the ruin of a plastic wardrobe.
- A tall built-in cupboard or closet for storing clothes, often including a rail for coat-hangers, and usually located in a bedroom.
- (figuratively, uncommon) Anything that similarly stores or houses something.
- The contents of a wardrobe: an individual's entire collection of clothing.
- (figuratively) Any collection of clothing.
- (figuratively, uncommon) Any collection of anything.
- (obsolete) A private chamber, particularly one used for sleeping or (euphemistic) urinating and defecating.
- (hunting, obsolete) Badger feces, particularly used in tracking game.
- (movable furniture for storing clothes): armoir, dresser; cupboard (UK); closet (regional US), press (Irish & Scots), shrank
- (department overseeing costumes): costume department
- (sleeping chamber): See bedroom
- (lavatory or outhouse): See Thesaurus:bathroom
movable furniture for storing clothes
collection of clothing
outhouse — see outhouse
lavatory — see toilet
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wardrobe (third-person singular simple present wardrobes, present participle wardrobing, simple past and past participle wardrobed)
- (intransitive) To act as a wardrobe department, to provide clothing or sets of clothes.
- 1954 December 11, Billboard, page 20:
- […] impressed with the quality of the talent and production, good wardrobing and speedy pacing.
- Ordering a clothing item online and returning it for a refund after having worn it.
- Ordering multiple sizes of the same clothing item online and returning all but the one that fits best.
- 2022 January 28, Katie Tarasov, “What really happens to Amazon returns”, in CNBC:
- Wardrobing is where people will order the same thing in three different sizes to see which one fits and then they return the other two, not realizing that those other two most of the time don’t go back on that retailer’s shelves.
- "wardrobe, n." in the Oxford English Dictionary (1921), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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