Definition of wardrobe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈwɔːdrəʊb//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːrdroʊb//
    Producing a play, Furniture
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  1. 1 a large cupboard for hanging clothes in which is either a piece of furniture or (in British English) built into the wall a fitted wardrobe compare closet See related entries: Furniture
  2. 2[usually singular] the clothes that a person has everything you need for your summer wardrobe CollocationsClothes and fashionClothes be wearing a new outfit/​bright colours/​fancy dress/​fur/​uniform be (dressed) in black/​red/​jeans and a T-shirt/​your best suit/​leather/​silk/​rags (= very old torn clothes) be dressed for work/​school/​dinner/​a special occasion be dressed as a man/​woman/​clown/​pirate wear/​dress in casual/​designer/​second-hand clothes wear jewellery/(especially US English) jewelry/​accessories/​a watch/​glasses/​contact lenses/​perfume have a cowboy hat/​red dress/​blue suit on put on/​take off your clothes/​coat/​shoes/​helmet pull on/​pull off your coat/​gloves/​socks change into/​get changed into a pair of jeans/​your pyjamas/(especially US English) your pajamasAppearance change/​enhance/​improve your appearance create/​get/​have/​give something a new/​contemporary/​retro look brush/​comb/​shampoo/​wash/​blow-dry your hair have/​get a haircut/​your hair cut/​a new hairstyle have/​get a piercing/​your nose pierced have/​get a tattoo/​a tattoo done (on your arm)/a tattoo removed have/​get a makeover/​cosmetic surgery use/​wear/​apply/​put on make-up/​cosmeticsFashion follow/​keep up with (the) fashion/​the latest fashions spend/​waste money on designer clothes be fashionably/​stylishly/​well dressed have good/​great/​terrible/​awful taste in clothes update/​revamp your wardrobe be in/​come into/​go out of fashion be (back/​very much) in vogue create a style/​trend/​vogue for something organize/​put on a fashion show show/​unveil a designer’s spring/​summer collection sashay/​strut down the catwalk/(North American English also) runway be on/​do a photo/​fashion shoot
  3. 3[usually singular] the department in a theatre or television company that takes care of the clothes that actors wear See related entries: Producing a play
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘private chamber’): from Old Northern French warderobe, variant of Old French garderobe, from garder ‘to keep’ + robe ‘robe, dress’.Extra examples I want to build a wardrobe of classic, quality pieces. I want to buy a whole new summer wardrobe. I went through the pile of clothes at the back of my wardrobe. She hung the dress up in the wardrobe. She took a look at herself in the wardrobe mirror. The master bedroom has fitted wardrobes and en-suite bathroom facilities. We have everything you need for your summer wardrobe.
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