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wardrobe

Noun

1 a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes [syn: closet, press]
2 collection of clothing belonging to one person
3 collection of costumes belonging to a theatrical company

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Pronunciation

Etymology

From warderobe, a northern variant of garderobe, from garder ‘to keep safe’ + robe.

Noun

  1. A cabinet in which clothes may be stored.
  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.

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Translations

cabinet in which clothes may be stored
department in theater
collection of clothing

Extensive Definition

A wardrobe (sometimes called an "armoire") is a standing closet used for storing clothes. The earliest wardrobe was a chest, and it was not until some degree of luxury was attained in regal palaces and the castles of powerful nobles that separate accommodation was provided for the sumptuous apparel of the great. The name of wardrobe was then given to a room in which the wall-space was filled with cupboards and lockers, the drawer being a comparatively modern invention. From these cupboards and lockers the modern wardrobe, with its hanging spaces, sliding shelves and drawers, evolved slowly.

History

In the nineteenth century the wardrobe began to develop into its modern form, with a hanging cupboard at each side, a press in the upper part of the central portion and drawers below. As a rule it was often of mahogany, but as satinwood and other hitherto scarce finely grained foreign woods began to be obtainable in considerable quantities, many elaborately and even magnificently inlaid wardrobes were made.
Where Chippendale and his school had carved, Sheraton, Hepplewhite and their contemporaries achieved their effects by the artistic employment of deftly contrasted and highly polished woods.
The first step in the evolution of the wardrobe was taken when the central doors, which had previously enclosed merely the upper part, were carried to the floor, covering the drawers as well as the sliding shelves, and were often fitted with mirrors.

See also

wardrobe in German: Garderobe
wardrobe in Georgian: გარდერობი
wardrobe in Dutch: Garderobe
wardrobe in Portuguese: Guarda-roupas

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accouterments, caparison, cloakroom, closet, clothes closet, dressing room, fitting room, furnishings, getup, harness, linen closet, livery, outfit, rig, things, trappings, trousseau, turnout
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