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[wawr-drohb] /ˈwɔr droʊb/
a stock of clothes or costumes, as of a person or of a theatrical company.
a piece of furniture for holding clothes, now usually a tall, upright case fitted with hooks, shelves, etc.
a room or place in which to keep clothes or costumes.
the department of a royal or other great household charged with the care of wearing apparel.
a department in a motion-picture or television studio in charge of supplying and maintaining costumes:
Report to wardrobe right after lunch.
verb (used with object), wardrobed, wardrobing.
to provide with a wardrobe.
Origin of wardrobe
1250-1300; Middle English warderobe < Anglo-French. See ward (v.), robe Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for wardrobing


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
C14: from Old Northern French warderobe, from warder to guard + roberobe
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Contemporary definitions for wardrobing

the practice of purchasing attire or accessories to wear once or briefly and then return for a refund


Retailers try to combat the problem of wardrobing.

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Word Origin and History for wardrobing



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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Slang definitions & phrases for wardrobing

ward heeler

noun phrase

A low-ranking associate or flunky of a political boss; a menial crony

[1890+; fr heeler, ''a loafer, one on the lookout for shady work''; in the 1870s the ward heeler was known simply as heeler or as ward-bummer]

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