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From Old Northern French warderobe, a northern variant of Old French garderobe, from garder ‎(to keep safe) + robe.



wardrobe ‎(plural wardrobes)

  1. A cabinet in which clothes may be stored.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess[1]:
      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.
  2. The department (or people working in that department) that obtains and stores articles of clothing for use in theatrical or motion picture productions.
  3. A collection of clothing.
  4. The clothing one owns or needs, often for a specific purpose such as work.


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wardrobe ‎(third-person singular simple present wardrobes, present participle wardrobing, simple past and past participle wardrobed)

  1. (intransitive) To provide (a film, a customer, etc.) with clothing.
    • 1954, Billboard (11 December 1954, page 20)
      [] impressed with the quality of the talent and production, good wardrobing and speedy pacing.