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1. A tall cabinet, closet, or small room built to hold clothes.
2. Garments considered as a group, especially all the articles of clothing that belong to one person.
a. The costumes belonging to a theater or theatrical troupe.
b. The place in which theatrical costumes are kept.
4. The department in charge of wearing apparel, jewelry, and accessories in a royal or noble household.

[Middle English warderobe, from Old North French : warder, to guard; see wer- in Indo-European roots + robe, garment; see robe.]
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1. (Furniture) a tall closet or cupboard, with a rail or hooks on which to hang clothes
2. (Clothing & Fashion) the total collection of articles of clothing belonging to one person
3. (Theatre) the collection of costumes belonging to a theatre or theatrical company
[C14: from Old Northern French warderobe, from warder to guard + robe robe]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈwɔr droʊb)

n., v. -robed, -rob•ing. n.
1. a collection or stock of clothes or costumes.
2. a piece of furniture for holding clothes, usu. a tall, upright case fitted with a rail or hooks for hanging clothes.
3. a room or place in which to keep clothes or costumes.
a. the department of a royal or other great household charged with the care of wearing apparel.
b. a department in a motion-picture or television studio that supplies and maintains costumes.
5. to provide with a wardrobe.
[1250–1300; Middle English warderobe < Anglo-French]
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1. 'cupboard'

A cupboard is a piece of furniture with doors at the front and usually shelves inside.

The kitchen cupboard is stocked with tins of soup.

Cupboards in American English are built-in shelves behind doors. They are mainly found in kitchens.

She was in the kitchen, opening cupboards, moving boxes and cans to see what lay behind.
2. 'wardrobe'

A wardrobe is a tall piece of furniture, usually in a bedroom, that has space for hanging clothes.

I hung my dress up in the wardrobe.
3. 'closet'

A wardrobe is sometimes built into the wall of a room, rather than being a separate piece of furniture. In American English, a built-in wardrobe is called a closet.

There's an iron in the closet.
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Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wardrobe - a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clotheswardrobe - a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
armoire - a large wardrobe or cabinet; originally used for storing weapons
clothes closet, clothespress - a closet where clothes are stored
coat closet - a closet for storing outerwear
article of furniture, furniture, piece of furniture - furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy; "they had too much furniture for the small apartment"; "there was only one piece of furniture in the room"
2.wardrobe - collection of clothing belonging to one personwardrobe - collection of clothing belonging to one person
article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, wearable, vesture, wear - a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
3.wardrobe - collection of costumes belonging to a theatrical companywardrobe - collection of costumes belonging to a theatrical company
costume - the attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball; "he won the prize for best costume"
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
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1. clothes cupboard, cupboard, closet (U.S.), clothes-press, cabinet Hang your dress up in the wardrobe.
2. clothes, outfit, apparel, clobber (Brit. slang), attire, collection of clothes splurging on an expensive new wardrobe of clothes
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
خِزَانَةخِزانَة ثِيابمَجموعَة ثِياب
šatníkskříňšatnašatní skříň
drabužių spintagarderobas
drēbju skapisgarderobetērpi
garderobna omara
tủ quần áo


A. N
1. (= cupboard) → guardarropa m, armario m (ropero), ropero m (LAm)
2. (= clothes) → vestuario m
B. CPD wardrobe mistress N (Theat) → encargada f del vestuario
wardrobe trunk Nbaúl m ropero
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


(= cupboard) → armoire f
(= clothes) → garde-robe f
(in theatre)costumes mpl
modif [department] → des costumes
wardrobe staff → les costumiers mpl wardrobe assistantwardrobe assistant nassistant(e) m/f costumier/ièrewardrobe mistress ncostumière f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(esp Brit: = cupboard) → (Kleider)schrank m
(= clothes)Garderobe f
(Theat) (= clothes)Kostüme pl; (= room)Kleiderkammer f, → Kostümfundus m


wardrobe mistress
n (Theat) → Gewandmeisterin f
wardrobe trunk
nKleiderkoffer m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈwɔːdrəʊb] n (cupboard) → guardaroba m inv, armadio; (clothes) → guardaroba (Theatre) → costumi mpl
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈwoːdrəub) noun
1. a cupboard in which clothes may be hung. Hang your suit in the wardrobe.
2. a stock of clothing. She bought a complete new wardrobe in Paris.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


خِزَانَة šatník garderobe Kleiderschrank ντουλάπα armario vaatekaappi armoire garderoba guardaroba 洋服だんす 옷장 kleerkast garderobe szafa guarda-roupa гардероб garderob ตู้เสื้อผ้า gardırop tủ quần áo 衣柜
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References in classic literature ?
In his treatise on Queen-Gold, or Queen-pinmoney, an old King's Bench author, one William Prynne, thus discourseth: Ye tail is ye Queen's, that ye Queen's wardrobe may be supplied with ye whalebone.
"She meant," replied Poirot promptly, "that she found it on top of a wardrobe."
The dresser, and the great walnut wardrobe which held all my clothes, even my hats and shoes, I had pushed out of the way, and I considered them non-existent, as children eliminate incongruous objects when they are playing house.
"You shall speak to the servants," she said, "with the keys of my wardrobe in your hand."
He dodged the missile and clambered on to the top of the wardrobe. It was his instinct in times of stress to seek the high spots.
O'Grady and tell her what I want; she makes my spring wardrobe, Papa pays the bill, and there I am.
The massive wardrobe possessed compartments of unusual size, in which double the number of dresses that Agnes possessed might have been conveniently hung at full length.
Yet I will not conceal from you the fact that my debts are crushing me down, and that my wardrobe is in a sorry state.
All the while Schacabac was treated by the Barmecide as a familiar friend, and dressed in a garment out of his own wardrobe.
This cell was, to speak correctly, the arsenal and wardrobe of the Nautilus.
Pullet rose with a melancholy air and unlocked one wing of a very bright wardrobe, where you may have hastily supposed she would find a new bonnet.
In this room there was a wardrobe full of old-fashioned costumes with which Esther allowed her to play, and it was her favorite amusement to array herself in the faded brocades, and parade up and down before the long mirror, making stately curtsies, and sweeping her train about with a rustle which delighted her ears.