1 a large movable or built-in cupboard with rails, shelves, hooks, etc., for storing clothes.
2 a person's entire stock of clothes.
3 the costume department or costumes of a theatre, a film company, etc.
4 a department of a royal household in charge of clothing.
Phrases and idioms:
wardrobe mistress (or master) a person in charge of a theatrical or film wardrobe. wardrobe trunk a trunk fitted with rails, shelves, etc. for use as a travelling wardrobe.
Etymology: ME f. ONF warderobe, OF garderobe (as GUARD, ROBE)

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